Yesterday one of the saddest cases ever was seen on the news. The Davidson family were found dead in their home.
The bodies of Fernando Manrique 44, his wife Maria Claudia Lutz Pena and their two children Elisa 11 and Martin 10 were found deceased in their home in Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive in Davidson, a North Shore suburb of Sydney.
The pet dog was also found dead.
Both children had non-verbal autism and were unable to speak. Mrs Manrique is believed to have spent many sleepless nights caring for her children who needed frequent therapy and doctor's appointments.
Principal of St Lucy's Primary School in Wahroonga said the mother had coffee with a group of school mothers on Friday and seemed perfectly fine. But when she and the children did not turn up for school on Monday, he knew something was wrong.
Non verbal autism is described as having the ability to speak but not the language skills to express themselves in a meaningful way.
Today we learn that the family was gassed with a poison that was released from numerous gas bottles found throughout the house.
"There was a lot of planning that went into this" a police source said and early investigations suggest the deaths were the result of a murder suicide.
How long must we wait before science finds the reason for the growing epidemic of Autism?