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Australia Hannah Baxter did 'everything she could to protect' her children, friend reveals after family killed in suspected murder-suicide car fire in Brisbane's Camp Hill

00:17  20 february  2020
00:17  20 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Ex-Warriors player Rowan Baxter and his three children dead after car fire on street in Camp Hill, Brisbane

  Ex-Warriors player Rowan Baxter and his three children dead after car fire on street in Camp Hill, Brisbane Three children and one male have died and a woman has serious injuries after a car was allegedly set alight in a Brisbane street this morning.Brisbane man Rowan Baxter and his three children — all aged under 10 — have died after the car they were in was allegedly set on fire in Raven Street, Camp Hill this morning.

to protect ' her children , friend reveals after family killed in suspected murder - suicide car fire in Brisbane . A Brisbane mother who was set alight with her three young children " did everything she could to Rowan Baxter and his 31-year-old wife Hannah Clarke both made it out of the burning car .

Rowan Baxter and his three children died at the scene in the suburb of Camp Hill , while Hannah Baxter , 31, died later in hospital.

a group of people sitting at a beach: The three children of Hannah and Rowan Baxter, Lainah, 6, Trey, 3, and Aaliyah, 4. (Facebook) © Provided by ABC NEWS The three children of Hannah and Rowan Baxter, Lainah, 6, Trey, 3, and Aaliyah, 4. (Facebook) Warning: This article contains details that may be distressing to some readers

A Brisbane mother who was set alight with her three young children "did everything she could to protect" them from her estranged husband, a friend says.

Hannah Baxter, 31, was pulled alive from the driver's seat of the family car as it was engulfed by flames on a Camp Hill street about 8:30 am on Wednesday, during what should have been a routine school run.

Her children — Lainah, 6, Aaliyah, 4 and Trey, 3 — all died inside the car.

Mother dies in hospital after car fire kills three children and father

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Hannah Baxter with her children Trey, Laianah and Aaliyah. Hannah Baxter with her children Trey, Laianah and Aaliyah. The family died after being killed in a horrific car fire in Six days ago a friend posted: “Chin up brother everything will work out just hang in there my bro a lot of people care

She said she was taking him off the case "to ensure public confidence". Queensland' s domestic violence laws have come under scrutiny after it was revealed Mr Baxter , Ms Clarke' s estranged husband, had a Hannah Clarke did ' everything she could to protect ' her children , friend reveals .

Ms Baxter died hours later in hospital.

Her estranged husband and the children's father, former Warriors rugby league player Rowan Baxter, allegedly poured petrol on his family in a suspected domestic violence incident.

Police said he was in the front passenger seat but made it out of the burning vehicle.

He died with self-inflicted wounds on the footpath, police said.

Friend Caitlin Langford said Ms Baxter was "just the most beautiful woman".

"She was kind, and strong, and lit up any room," she said.

"She was the most beautiful mama to her babies and the most inspirational role model."

Hannah and Rowan Baxter ran a fitness business at Capalaba for about five years. Ms Baxter was a champion in trampoline sports and specialised in kids and "Mums n' bubs" classes.

Cops 'aware' of domestic violence before dad burned wife, kids alive

  Cops 'aware' of domestic violence before dad burned wife, kids alive Queensland police had received reports of domestic violence before Rowan Baxter doused his children and wife in petrol and set them alight. Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said both Hannah Baxter and her estranged husband Rowan had been referred to support services in the lead-up to their deaths.A court had granted at least one domestic violence order relating to the couple. Det Thompson said it was still too early to rule the deaths a murder-suicide, but it was a line of inquiry being explored. © 9News Hannah Baxer and her children.

A Brisbane mother who died along with her three children after the car they were in was set alight " did everything she could to protect " them from her

Hannah Clarke, 31, and her children were killed on Wednesday. The case has sparked national outcry over " Hannah and her three children [were] so senselessly and maddeningly murdered in what has occurred in Image caption The crime scene in Brisbane ' s Camp Hill area on Wednesday.

The gym shut its doors late last year.

Friends of the couple told the ABC that signs of the Baxters' lives unravelling were there.

Ms Baxter had moved out with the children, and Mr Baxter, months away from his 43rd birthday, was left living alone in the three-bedroom Carindale home the family had shared.

Friends said problems in the marriage had been visible for some time.

"She loved them so fiercely and she was doing everything she could to protect them," Ms Langford said.

For the months after the separation, Mr Baxter peppered Facebook with messages wishing his children goodnight, posting pictures of them cuddling together, and telling them he missed them.

A fundraising page has been set up for Ms Baxter and the children's funeral.

Police are expecting to give more details of their investigation into the suspected murder-suicide this afternoon.

Rowan Baxter posted a video of himself rough-housing with kids

Mr Baxter, born in New Zealand, proclaimed he was "one of the top fitness coaches in Brisbane", and his expertise was once bolstered by a video testimonial from rugby league star Sam Thaiday.

'Victim-blaming at its worst': Top cop apologises for detective's Camp Hill comments

  'Victim-blaming at its worst': Top cop apologises for detective's Camp Hill comments The detective leading the investigation into Wednesday's murder-suicide at Camp Hill is "distraught and gutted" about his comments.Speaking on ABC Radio Brisbane on Friday morning, Commissioner Carroll said Detective Inspector Mark Thompson was "distraught and gutted" about his comments made during a media conference in Brisbane on Thursday afternoon and "he cannot believe the way he has phrased that".

Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, died in the inferno while Baxter , 42, who was badly burned, stabbed himself to death and died next to the burning Kia Sportage on Raven Street in Camp Hill , Brisbane , on Wednesday morning.

Hannah Clarke, 31, died at the Royal Brisbane and Women’ s hospital on Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after Baxter poured petrol on his family in a The children – Laianah, four, Aaliyah, six, and Trey, three – died in the car after it burst into flames on a quiet suburban street in leafy Camp Hill , in

But it was another online video of Mr Baxter that provoked the attention of many in the wake of the tragedy.

Last month, he posted a video on Facebook of him play-fighting with his children.

He responded to their playful "attacks" with practised demonstrations of the kind of headlocks used in mixed martial arts, and laughed out loud after slamming toddler Trey's face into a mattress.

"Sweet dreams my babies xo Love you to the moon and back #nowords #dad #myworld", he posted.

Others read something more sinister into the muscular man's rough-housing with the young children.

In the wake of yesterday's tragedy, more than 700 people piled onto Mr Baxter's page to post mostly damning comments under the video.

Arguments raged about whether his handling of the kids in the video represented some kind of warning sign.

The suspected killings of Hannah Baxter and her children echo a series of disturbing cases more than four years ago which thrust the protection of women at risk from former partners onto the state political agenda.

The public outcry in response to a cluster of highly-publicised homicides in 2015, including Tara Brown and Karina Lock, prompted moves to overhaul police and government responses to family violence.

Grieving community honours Hannah Clarke and her children at rallies against domestic violence

  Grieving community honours Hannah Clarke and her children at rallies against domestic violence Grieving communities rally across Queensland to remember the victims of domestic and family violence after the murder-suicide of Hannah Clarke and her three children this week.More than 200 people gathered outside Parliament House in Brisbane to support the Red Rose Foundation and rallies were also held in regional centres including Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.

Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, died in the inferno while Baxter , 42, who was badly burned, stabbed himself to death and died next to the burning Kia Sportage on Raven Street in Camp Hill , Brisbane , on Wednesday morning.

Hannah Baxter did ' everything she could to protect ' her children , friend reveals after family killed in suspected murder - suicide car fire in Brisbane .

The Palaszczuk Government fast-tracked recommendations from Quentin Bryce's Not Now, Not Ever report.

Local MP Joe Kelly was among those who laid flowers at the scene and said he had been "sickened" to hear the news.

"I think this would rock any community," he said.

"People are being killed by domestic violence every week in Australia and sadly it's now our community's turn.

"We have to continue to work really hard to stop people dying.

"To do that we have to change our attitudes and culture and we have to make sure that we treat people with respect and relationships are based on collaboration, not control."

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyondblue on 1300 22 4636, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Hannah Clarke's brother speaks about the murder of her and her children .
Nathaniel Clarke speaks of his horror at how his sister and her children were murdered, while a women's legal service warns there has been an increase in calls from women saying their partners have threatened to kill them the same way. © Provided by ABC NEWS Nathaniel Clarke says the last thing he said to his sister Hannah was, "I love you." (ABC News: Chris Gillette) Ms Clarke and her three children were murdered in Brisbane last week by her estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, who doused them in petrol and set them alight.In an interview with 7.

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