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Coronial inquest for the deaths of Charmaine McLeod and her children

An inquiry into the deaths of a Queensland mom and her 4 children who died in a fiery crash hours away from their residence can be heard by the state coroner after police launched an investigation into the potential murder-suicide.

Charmaine McLeod was driving her station wagon on the Bunya Highway at Kumbia, in the South Burnett area, in May 2019.

Her 4 children Wyatt, Aaleyn, Zaidok and Matilda had been in the again of the automobile throughout the late-night drive.

As Ms McLeod tried to overhaul a truck, the automobile collided head-on with one other truck travelling in the wrong way.

The Hervey Bay girl and her 4 children, all aged beneath seven, had been all killed.

Charmaine Harris McLeod with her four children, Aaleyn, Matilda, Wyatt and Zaidok.
Camera IconCharmaine Harris McLeod with her 4 children, Aaleyn, Matilda, Wyatt and Zaidok. Credit: News Regional Media

Ms McLeod and three of her children died at the scene, whereas one other died en path to Brisbane hospital.

The truck driver was injured throughout the fiery crash.

A coronial inquest has been set for May 31 and will run for greater than two weeks in the Coroners Court of Queensland in Brisbane.

Coroner Kerrie O’Callaghan will hear proof from a number of witnesses, together with police and medical workers, about the months main up the crash.

She may also consider how the household died and the potential trigger of the crash.

The coroner will hear evidence from medical and police witnesses about their interactions with Ms McLeod in the months leading up to the crash.
Camera IconThe coroner will hear proof from medical and police witnesses about their interactions with Ms McLeod in the months main as much as the crash. Credit: News Regional Media

The inquest was launched to judge the appropriateness and adequacy of the police responses to the complaints of home and household violence and allegations of abuse made by Charmaine McLeod in opposition to her and her children.

Ms McLeod’s psychological well being care, therapy and monitoring by Queensland Health may also be examined by the coroner.

The coroners courtroom may also take a look at the responses by related companies to the safety, security and welfare of the children, together with Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Health.

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