Mentally ill mother 'not responsible' for killing eight children in Australia

Thursday, 04 May 2017 - 10:13


An Australian woman who killed eight children in a stabbing attack at her home will not stand trial because she was of unsound mind at the time.

Raina Thaiday was experiencing a psychotic episode when she turned on her four sons, three daughters and a niece in Cairns in December 2014.

The legal decision - made last month but only now made public - means she cannot be held criminally responsible.

Thaiday, 40, is being held at a high-security centre in Brisbane.

It is unclear if she will ever be released back into the community.

The house where the children, aged between two and 14, were killed has been demolished. It has been replaced with a park to remember Malili, Angelina, Shantae, Rayden, Azariah, Daniel, Rodney and Patrenella.

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