A mother of three young girls who were found dead following the family finishing hotel quarantine has been charged with their murders.
Lauren Dickason, 40, is accused of killing her two-year-old twins, Maya and Karla, and their six-year-old sister Liane at their new home in Timaru on New Zealand’s South Island on Thursday, September 16.
The family, who had just moved from South Africa to start their new lives in New Zealand, were placed in quarantine for 14 consecutive days.
Tragedy unfolded just days after they were free from quarantine as her husband Graham Dickason returned home shortly before 10pm and discovered the girls’ bodies.
According to reports from Stuff, the neighbours overheard the dad scream: “Is this really happening?”
Emergency services were called and quickly on the scene but the girls could not be saved.
Lauren Dickason is a doctor and was treated at Timaru Hospital. She is now in stable condition.
The couple had recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary with Lauren Dickason posting on social media: “What an adventure. We have truly created a beautiful family and had many good times together.”
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Speaking to Stuff from South Africa, Lauren Dickason’s “devastated” parents Wendy and Malcolm Fawkes said: “The extended families are in a state of shock as we try to understand what happened. We ask for your prayers and support during this very difficult time.
“We would also request privacy as we battle to come to terms with what has happened.
“We would like to thank the staff of Timaru Hospital for their support at this difficult time … and the New Zealand police for their attention to this matter.”
Lauren Dickason is due to appear in the Timaru District Court on Saturday, September 18.