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Brisbane twin deaths leave parents going through hell

The shattered parents of twin sisters who died as they slept next to them in bed ‘are going through hell’, the girls’ grandfather has revealed.

Violet and Indiana died after being found unconscious in bed with blankets covering them in their Sunnybank Hills home, south Brisbane, early last Wednesday.

The first picture of the newborns has emerged after a GoFundMe page titled ‘RIP Twin Angels’ was set up to help their parents cover the cost of the funeral for their six-week-old twins. 

The grieving mother and father made a brave return to their family home in the days after the incident, collecting necessities for their two older kids as relatives rally around them.

The twins’ grandfather accompanied the couple as they returned home and said one of the most difficult things would be explaining to their two surviving children what had happened to their new siblings.

Violet and Indiana (pictured) died after being found unconscious in bed with blankets covering them inside their home at Sunnybank Hills, south of Brisbane, early last Wednesday

The parents made a brave return to their family home in the days after the incident, collecting necessities for their two older kids

The parents made a brave return to their family home in the days after the incident, collecting necessities for their two older kids

‘It’s every parent’s worst nightmare what they are facing… they’ve been through hell,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘They’ve got two other children to who they have to explain what has happened.

‘It’s both their privilege and their responsibility as parents to have to do that, but it is incredibly heartbreaking.’

In just three days more than $7,500 has been donated to the GoFundMe page, with organisers aiming to hit the $20,000 mark.

‘Violet and Indiana were tragically lost this week in Brisbane. They leave behind a big sister, big brother and two heartbroken parents,’ organiser Kieran Garratt wrote.

‘These Angels graced us for only six beautiful weeks but have created such a hole since their passing.

‘It is hard to see where the next smile will come from for their beloved parents… help us in the costs for the funeral services for Violet and Indiana.’ 

Relatives are rallying around the family with the babies' grandfather (pictured second from left with the father, left and mother right) saying the couple were 'going through hell'

Relatives are rallying around the family with the babies’ grandfather (pictured second from left with the father, left and mother right) saying the couple were ‘going through hell’

Police tape remained across the gate of the family's home for days after the shocking incident that claimed the lives of the two little girls

Police tape remained across the gate of the family’s home for days after the shocking incident that claimed the lives of the two little girls

The incident occurred at Sunnybank Hills (pictured), in Brisbane south, about 6am Wednesday

The incident occurred at Sunnybank Hills (pictured), in Brisbane south, about 6am Wednesday

Paramedics were called to the home about 5am on Wednesday where they discovered Violet and Indiana had stopped breathing.

It is understood the two newborns had become covered in blankets and bedding.

One of the girls died at the scene, while her sister was able to be revived and rushed to Brisbane Children’s Hospital.

Sadly, she died just 36 hours later.

Locals in the quiet suburban street told how they instantly knew something horrible had happened when they were woken by the screams of the father. 

‘He was howling and screaming,’ one neighbour told The Courier Mail.

‘I thought someone was dead and it really scared me… he was so upset.’

Locals in the quiet suburb left flowers and stuffed teddy bears outside the home last week. 

A young boy was one of a number of neighbours to leave flowers at the Sunnybank Hills home in the days after Violet and Indiana died

A young boy was one of a number of neighbours to leave flowers at the Sunnybank Hills home in the days after Violet and Indiana died

Flowers left at the crime scene of the Sunnybank Hills home where a dead baby was found

Flowers left at the crime scene of the Sunnybank Hills home where a dead baby was found

The backyard of the Sunnybank Hills home where the family has lived for two years

The backyard of the Sunnybank Hills home where the family has lived for two years

The young family had lived in the home for about two years and largely kept to themselves, but were always ‘doting on’ their children. 

‘It’s very sad, we’re all in shock, just totally shaken,’ neighbour Tony Pitman said. 

‘It kind of makes you feel bad that you don’t know your neighbours better, I think a lot of people in the street would say the same.’

Queensland Police released a statement on Wednesday afternoon confirming the deaths were not being treated as suspicious. 

‘Preliminary investigations suggest the babies were sleeping together throughout the night and were discovered unresponsive this morning,’ the spokesman said. 

‘A post mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of the baby’s death.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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