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Graeme Bint, Associated Press
Police patrol near a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday Dec 19, 2014. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years.

SYDNEY — Police say an Australian woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece whose bodies were found inside her home.

Mersane Warria was charged with eight counts of murder on Sunday in a bedside hearing at a hospital where she is recovering from stab wounds.

Queensland Police Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar says the children ranged in age from 2 to 14 years old.

Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When they got to the house, they found the children's bodies.

Autopsies are being conducted to determine how they died.