A baby girl sadly died after suffering serious stab wounds inflicted by her grandpa.
The grandfather charged with baby Queenie’s murder had delusions his wife and daughter were trying to kill him.
Yonghou Cao, 54, killed his two-month-old granddaughter and stabbed the two women while staying with his daughter in Brisbane on a visit from China in 2016, later admitting ‘I did a terrible thing’.
Mr Cao had been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder but the charges were dropped last month by the Mental Health Court, which ruled he was of unsound mind, reports Daily Mail.
It has been revealed the attack began after the Chinese man’s wife had slapped him upon discovering he had not taken his antipsychotic medication for two months.
He punched and kicked her and she grabbed a kitchen knife to protect herself and stop him from assaulting her again.
But the sight of the knife had the opposite effect on Cao, who was suffering with a paranoid delusion that his wife and daughter Yuanyuan were trying to kill him.
He grabbed another knife and stabbed his wife in the chest and shoulders and repeatedly stabbed Yuanyuan, who ran out of the house in suburban Parkinson to get help.
He initially told psychiatrists he had acted in self-defence, but after more than a year of treatment at a Brisbane psychiatric hospital, acknowledged it was his fault and Queenie did not deserve to die.
‘The baby was innocent. I did a terrible thing. I don’t want to talk about it,’ he told his psychiatrist in August last year.
The Mental Health Court published the reasons for its decision on Thursday, including that psychiatrists had concluded he was ‘floridly psychotic’ at the time of the attack and was not in control of his actions.
Cao told his psychiatrists he heard a rumbling noise in his head all the time that he believed was telling him to kill and interpreted the numbers on his daughter’s numberplate to be a signal she wanted to kill him.
The court heard Cao’s condition improved during the course of his treatment but he remained a risk to the public.
Justice Jean Dalton placed Cao on a forensic order, meaning he will continue to be detained for involuntary treatment.
She also granted an order sought by his daughter, that he not be allowed to contact her.
Original story – Nine News reported in January 2016 that police were called to Watheroo Place, Parkinson, about 2.30pm after reports of a loud disturbance.
The baby girl, reportedly aged two months, her 28-year-old mother, grandmother and grandfather, both in their 50s, who are visiting from China, were found with serious injuries on the premises. A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the infant’s injuries were “believed to be life threatening”.
It is understood a man is assisting police with their inquiries from hospital and a police spokesman said no other people were involved in the alleged stabbing.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) January 6, 2016
Police are so far refusing to reveal if the man is a suspect.
Acting Inspector Sean McKay said one of the young women had run from the scene of the initial attack to a nearby home, where she raised the alarm.
“One of the victims went to the secondary crime scene at Mapleton Circuit and that’s where police have been notified, from there,” he said
“Detectives are still investigating the incident to ascertain what has actually occurred.
“We are still unclear exactly what has occurred.”
It’s believed the injured women fled the Watheroo Place home after being attacked and ran into the garage of a home on Mapleton Circuit , where residents called Triple Zero.
More than 20 detectives and forensic police remain at both of the crime scene and have been seen doorknocking nearby homes.
Sadly it has been reported that the baby girl has since died from the horrific injuries. The two women are still fighting for their lives.
7 January 2016
The latest news on this terrible story is that the Grandfather has been arrested. Both grandparents aged in their 50s, are believed to be visiting Brisbane from China.
The arrest of a grandfather suspected of stabbing his baby granddaughter, Qianqian “Queenie” Xu, to death and seriously wounding his wife and daughter has been caught on camera by a passer-by.
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