A grandfather, visiting from China, stabbed his two-month-old granddaughter, wife and daughter at a home in the outer Brisbane suburb of Parkinson yesterday. 6th January 2016.
Police found two-month old Qianqian “Queenie” Xu in a bassinet with “life threatening” stab wounds at the Watheroo Place home around 2.30pm yesterday, alongside her badly injured grandmother. Passersby and neighbours reported hearing horrific screams coming from inside the house.
The police officials who responded to calls from neighbours rushed inside and took the critically injured infant to hospital, two-month old Qianqian later died at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Her grandmother and Mother, Yuanyuan Cao, 28, originally from Luoyang in China, were also stabbed. Ms Yuanyuan’s partner George was working at the time of the attack.
The girl’s mother, who also suffered critical stab injuries, rushed to a neighbour’s home to raise the alarm and left a trail of blood along nearby Mapleton Court. The baby girl’s 53-year-old grandfather suffered allegedly self-inflicted stab wounds and was arrested at the scene.
The accused man, the girl’s grandmother and her mother all underwent surgery last night. The man has been moved from the intensive care unit into a general ward but is yet to be interviewed formally by police. He has not yet been charged with any crime.
The two-month old girl’s mother underwent further minor surgery this morning and is expected to be released from hospital in the coming days. The motivation for the attack remains a mystery, with Detective Inspector Tony Duncan saying today the girl’s father was stunned at the horrific development.
“We are trying to work out why ourselves, at that’s the main focus of our investigation at the moment,” Det. Insp. Duncan said. “To date we really haven’t substantiated why.”
The girl’s traumatised father, a local small business owner, was at work when the incident happened and was broken the news of his girl’s death by detectives. He spent the night at his wife’s bedside and is now in the care of relatives.
“As you can imagine, they’re very traumatised over the whole incident,” he said. “It was a horrific crime scene. “They are both very traumatised, and because the incident revolves around the whole family makes it that much more traumatising.”
Det. Insp. Duncan praised the officers who were first on the scene yesterday, some of whom performed CPR on the injured baby and her grandmother.
The accused and his wife, who remains in hospital after undergoing surgery, arrived in Brisbane from China in early December to help care for the baby girl. Detectives are speaking with the injured mother with the help of translators. More than 20 detectives and forensic police attended the crime scene and were seen doorknocking nearby homes.