Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

The mother of three young girls who were found dead just days after the family finished hotel quarantine, has been charged with their murder. 

New Zealand Police have charged Lauren Dickason, 40, with the murder of her two-year-old twins, Maya and Karla, and their six-year-old sister Liane.

Ms Dickason is due to appear at Timaru District Court on Saturday morning while a crime scene examination continues. 

The bodies of the three children were discovered at a home in the regional town of Timaru, on New Zealand’s South Island, on Thursday night.

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

Lauren Dickason, 40, has been charged with the murder of her two-year-old twins, Maya and Karla, and their six-year-old sister Liane 

The family had just relocated from South-Africa in order to start a new life and had just finished their 14-day hotel quarantine stay when the tragedy unfolded. 

Emergency crews discovered the grisly scene after they were called to the home on Queen Street about 10pm.

Ms Dickason was then rushed to Timaru Hospital, where she remains in a stable condition.

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

The childrens’ father Graham had returned to their Timaru home when he discovered the bodies on Friday

A neighbour reported hearing someone ‘wailing’ outside the property 15 minutes before police arrived after the bodies were reportedly discovered by Lauren’s husband Graham. 

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

Three young children have been found dead in a home on Queen Street in Timaru on New Zealand’s South Island just days after their family finished hotel quarantine

‘The first noise we heard was somebody sobbing, and then we heard a loud thud like someone just slammed a door,’ the neighbour Jade Whaley told Stuff

‘We could see someone through our fence wandering behind the house and wailing.’

Another resident Karen Cowper described hearing a man crying and saying ‘is this really happening?’ just after 10pm on Thursday night.

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

‘We asked him if he was OK. He did not respond to us and was screaming and crying hysterically,’ Ms Cowper said. 

The family had recently arrived in NZ from South Africa and had only been in the town for a week. 

Both Lauren and Graham are understood to be doctors. 

Canterbury Police District Commander Superintendent John Price said the family appeared to have few contacts in New Zealand.

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

Lauren Dickason and her husband Graham are both believed to be doctors

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

Ms Dickason was rushed to hospital on Friday but has since been charged with the murder of her three young daughters

The mother had earlier this month asked for help preparing for the move on social media.

She had asked for advice about buying furniture in Timaru and wanted to know schools would be best for her children. 

Detective Inspector Scott Anderson said NZ Police was ‘speaking with people from the address and no-one else is being sought at this time’.

The deaths are the second tragedy in as many months to befall the South Island community.

Last month, five teenage boys were killed in a one-car crash in which only the 19-year-old driver survived.

That crash was the South Island’s worst car accident in a number of years.

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

, Mother charged with murder of Twin girls and sister days after finishing quarantine in New Zealand, The Today News USA

 Emergency crews discovered the grisly scene after they were called to the home on Queen Street about 10pm