Three children found dead in New Zealand home as police investigate possible homicide

Three young children who had just moved to New Zealand from South Africa have died in what police say they’re investigating as a homicide.

The incident occurred late on Thursday at a home in the South Island town of Timaru. Police said emergency services had found a woman at the address who had been hospitalised in a stable condition.

Police said the children were three-year-old twins and a seven-year-old who were all siblings. All those involved had recently moved from South Africa to New Zealand, police said, and had moved out of a mandatory coronavirus quarantine facility within the past week.

In a brief news conference, police said the investigation was in its early stages and they couldn’t yet release many details, including the names of the children or how they died.

Insp Dave Gaskin, the Aoraki area commander, said the deaths would be “incredibly distressing” for residents of Timaru, particularly after five teenagers from the town were killed in a car crash last month.

The Stuff news organisation said neighbours Karen and Brad Cowper called police just after 10pm when they heard screaming and crying.

Stuff reported the family was living in accommodation for hospital staff and both the man and woman were medical professionals.

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