Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp speaks to the media at the scene.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp speaks to the media at the scene.

Police in tears as two young sisters' bodies found

HOMICIDE detectives have charged a 35-year-old Watsonia man with two counts of murder following the death of two children yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to a property in Longmuir Rd, Watsonia around 2.40pm after the discovery of the children's bodies at an Easter family gathering.

Paramedics were called to the scene and tried to resuscitate the two girl for about 30 minutes, without success.

Charles Mihayo has been remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 22 April, 2014.

Mihayo is known to the children but his relationship to them is not clear.

Police officers at the scene were reported to be distraught over the tragedy, with an audibly distressed Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp telling the media several police officers were in tears at the scene.

Mr Crisp said there were several family members inside the home at the time of the deaths.

"This is a tragic set of circumstances that has impacted on the family," he said.

"There were a number of family members there at the time.

"It's naturally also impacted on friends, neighbours and the members of the fire brigade, emergency services and Victoria Police who attended the scene.

"I've heard here today a number of our police members have been in tears.

"There are some very upset people at the moment."

Mr Crisp did not give any details of the incident. "The important thing at this stage is we have two young girls under the age of 10 who are deceased," he said.


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