The Bodies Of Three Toddlers, Their Mother, And Their Grandmother Have Been Found In A Perth Home

    A man has been charged.

    A 24-year-old man has been charged with five counts of murder after the bodies of three young girls, their mother, and their grandmother were identified in Western Australia on Sunday night.

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    Police outside a property on Coode Street in Bedford, Perth, on September 9.

    The man drove to a police station in the remote Pilbara mining town of Pannawonica and police then attended the home on Coode Street in Bedford, Perth, where the bodies were discovered.

    Fairfax has reported the victims are Mara Harvey, 47; her daughters, three-year-old Charlotte, and two-year-old twins Beatrix and Alice; and the girls' grandmother Beverley Quinn, 74.

    The man was held in custody overnight and charged with five counts of murder on Monday. He is expected to appear in Karratha Magistrates Court later on Monday.

    According to WA Today, Harvey lived in the Perth home with her partner Anthony Harvey.

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    Forensic police officers at a property in Bedford, Perth.

    Neighbours have told News Corp Harvey was employed as a fly-in-fly-out worker for a Western Australian mining company in Karratha.

    “This is a tragic event and it will no doubt have an impact not only on the family and friends of the deceased but for the whole of the community and those first responders who are faced with attending a scene of multiple deceased people,” WA Police assistant commissioner Paul Steel told reporters on Monday morning.

    If police confirm this tragedy as a mass murder, it will be the third in Western Australia in the past five months.

    In July, a mother and her two children were murdered in Ellenbrook. In May, a mother, her four children and their two grandparents were killed in a murder-suicide in Osmington in the state’s southwest.

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    Gina Rushton is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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