“Police believe the woman may have killed her son and daughter before attempting to take her own life.”
“Det Sen Sgt Fyfe said family members had told police the mother had been suffering postnatal depression and been prescribed drugs for treatment.”
Dead twins’ mother was depressed: report
July 7, 2009 – 1:49PM
Police are investigating reports the mother of twins found dead inside a Perth home was suffering depression.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Fyfe said prescription drugs for the woman were found alongside the unconscious mother and her seven-month-old twins, who media reports have named as Sophie and Lachlan.
Police believe the woman may have killed her son and daughter before attempting to take her own life.
Det Sen Sgt Fyfe said family members had told police the mother had been suffering postnatal depression and been prescribed drugs for treatment.
He said police had ruled that no one had forced entry into the house and the incident was being investigated as an apparent murder suicide.
“We are investigating reports the mother was suffering postnatal depression,” Det Sen Sgt Fyfe told reporters on Tuesday.
“We have been unable to confirm that at the moment.
“It appears she may have taken an overdose of prescription drugs but until later today when the toxicology reports are out, I can’t confirm that.”
He said the distraught father had been sedated and police hoped to speak to him later in the day.
The mother remained in a critical but stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital.
Major crime squad detectives were called to the home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Flintlock Street, Cloverdale about 3.30pm (WST) on Monday.
The twins were the couple’s only children.
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