Murder charges are laid against the mother of seven of the Cairns stabbing victims.
Mersane Warria, who was arrested by police yesterday over the deaths of her seven children and a niece, has now been charged with murder.
She was charged in a bedside hearing at 11.30am this morning.
Warria currently remains in hospital, where she is being treated for non-life-threatening, self-inflicted stab wounds and undergoing mental health checks.
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls was in Cairns on Saturday offering support from the Government, but would not be drawn on speculation the mother had been being investigated by child services.
“I am not in a position to be able to speculate on those matters. That will no doubt be something that will be explored by police in the days ahead,” he said.
Mr Nicholls said he could not confirm reports the mother was reported to child services two weeks ago.
“That is something I haven’t heard about and again I think that is something police will need to investigate,” he said.