Queensland, Australia: Religious group members charged in alleged murder of 8-year-old girl

The child died at his family home in Rungeville, south Queensland, on January 7, after allegedly being “withheld medical attention for approximately six days”, according to state police.

Emergency services were not called until 5:30 p.m. on January 8, the day after her death, police said.

Thus, the total number of suspects in the murder in the case reaches 14 people.

The girl’s parents, a 47-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man, were charged in January with “murder, torture and deprivation of life”, according to Queensland police. They last appeared in court in June.

Police allege that all 12 of the 12 recently charged with murder were present in the period leading up to the girl’s death and did not seek medical attention despite knowing she had an underlying medical condition.

The 14 suspects, aged between 19 and 65, “made a choice to disqualify this young girl from medical care,” Acting Regional Superintendent Harry Watts said in a statement.

He added that the allegations were the culmination of an “unprecedented” six-month police investigation.

The accused are in custody and are due to appear in court on July 6.