Herald Sun

Police to quiz dead kids' mum

By Kay Dibben
Herald Sun (Australia)
24nov02

THE mother of two children found dead inside a car near Bribie Island remained in a serious condition in Redcliffe Hospital yesterday.

Police are still waiting to question Jodie Donoghoe, 35, who underwent surgery at Redcliffe Hospital on Friday night.

It is believed she developed a blood clot in a leg as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A post-mortem examination of the bodies of Cami Donoghoe, 10, and her brother Jack, 8, was held yesterday.

It was expected to confirm the children died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, but police may have to wait weeks for the results of toxicology tests.

It is still not known exactly when the children died.

Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Binney said Mrs Donoghoe sent an SMS text message to an acquaintance at 5.30am on Friday.

He said there was nothing in the message to raise any alarm, but the woman went to the Sandstone Point home, near Bribie Island, that morning.

The bodies of the two children were found in the family car inside the garage by a neighbour about 8am.

Police found their intellectually disabled brother, Chris, 16, in a highly distressed state in the loungeroom.

He also had inhaled carbon monoxide

His mother was found semi-conscious in a bedroom of the rented Dylan Court home.

Mrs Donoghoe, who neighbours said was depressed over child custody issues, had written a letter to her mother saying she intended to take her own life.

Neighbours said she was upset she would not have Christmas custody of the children.

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