Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 4:49 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns has been arrested for murder, police said on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman, who was hospitalized on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police.

Asnicar said the woman was the mother of seven of the eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years. The eighth child was her niece.

(Reporting by Jane Wardell; Editing by Alison Williams)