A 37-year-old Cairns woman has been arrested for the murder of eight children, seven of them her own.
Police said the woman, who is also suspected of killing her niece, was “awake, lucid and able to speak”.
Detective inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman was under guard in Cairns hospital where she was recovering from self-inflicted wounds.
“At this stage we’re not looking for anyone else,” he told reporters.
Asnicar said police had found a number of “edged weapons, knives” in the house in Murray St, Manoora, Queensland.
He added that police had removed the bodies from the home and the coroner and pathologists would conduct autopsies and identify victims with the help of the family.
The children are reported to range in age from 18 months to 15 years.