‘Goodnight my babies’: Dad’s chilling posts
THE father at the centre of the car fire in Brisbane that left three children dead posted loving tributes to his kids in the weeks before the horrific incident.
Former NRL player and CrossFit coach Rowan Baxter's Facebook page is littered with photos and videos of his three children, Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey, who are believed to have died along with their father in the blaze in Camp Hill this morning.
The fire left his wife Hannah Baxter, a fellow fitness coach at the couple's Integr8 gym in Capalaba, in a critical condition with severe burns.
The couple were involved in a custody battle and police had been called to previous family violence incidents, The Courier-Mail reports.
"T-R-E-Y. Love you to the moon and back #daddy," Baxter posted on Facebook last week, with a photo of his smiling son.
Another photo of Baxter cradling his young baby was captioned, "Goodnight my babies. Daddy loves you."
Photos show the fitness-focused family doing handstands at their gym, where Ms Baxter taught children's CrossFit classes.
"My wife does a brilliant job with the kiddies," Baxter wrote last September, sharing a post from the gym's Facebook page.
Last month, he posted a video rough-housing with the children with the caption, "Sweet dreams my babies xo. Love you to the moon and back #nowords #dad #myworld."
Another video from September shows Mr Baxter holding a handstand while the three children hit him with pool noodles.
"Human piñatas," he wrote. "When mums away the kids will play & that's including me. They smashed me for about an hour & the laughs were just uncontrollable … #daddydaycare #myworld #familyfun #handstands #fun."
Comments on his Facebook profile hint at the ongoing troubles.
"Chin up brother everything will work out just hang in there my bro a lot of people care about you and the situation your facing," one friend wrote underneath a post.
In May last year, Mr Baxter shared a Facebook image with statistics about male suicide: "84 men a week take their own life. 75 per cent of all suicides are male. 25 per cent of men live with a mental illness. Men are less likely to get help. Speak out, talking saves lives."
Police were called to Raven St in Camp Hill at 8.30am today after receiving reports of a car on fire.
"On arrival, police and emergency services have identified five people that were involved in the fire inside the vehicle," Detective Inspector Mark Thompson told reporters at the scene.
"I can confirm that we have three deceased children under the age of 10 in the vehicle. We have another deceased adult male who was known to the children, and we also have a victim suffering extensive injuries that are also known to the children and the adult male."
One resident told The Australian another witness saw a woman jump from the burning car and yell, "He's poured petrol on me."
Mr Baxter, originally from Tauranga, New Zealand, was in the New Zealand Warriors squad in 2005 but never played an NRL match.