Mum killed breaking up fight between her son and husband
A WOMAN has died after trying to break up a fight between her husband and son, in the small outback town of Aramac.
Ann Hay, 55, died in Townsville Hospital on Tuesday after intervening in a punch- up in the town’s main street on Saturday night.
It is understood Mrs Hay – well known in the area – was hit in the face and fell, knocking her head on the footpath.
The bush tragedy has left the close- knit town of Aramac, north of Longreach, reeling.
It is believed the fight broke out between son Robbie and husband David around 9.15pm.
Mrs Hay tried to break up the scuffle but ended up on the ground with a head injury.
She was taken home but her health quickly declined.
An ambulance was called and Mrs Hay was rushed to Barcaldine Hospital before being flown to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.
Queensland Police Service Central West District Inspector Mark Henderson confirmed the fight was between family members, saying it was unknown what caused the disagreement and who dealt the fatal blow to Mrs Hay.
“We still aren’t 100 per cent sure how, but somehow she … received a broken eye socket, then fell to the ground and fractured her skull, had a bleed and ( has later) died,” he said.
“We certainly don’t know whether she got punched or walked into a punch, or walked into an elbow. We really haven’t been able to definitively get that answer.”
Insp Henderson said no charges had yet been laid but investigations continued.
“It’s a very difficult time, so we are trying our best to show a bit of compassion,” he said.
“But, typical of Aramac, no one wants to talk and no one has seen anything, or heard anything, even though there was a crowd watching.
“It has been a bit difficult, but we will continue to investigate – we won’t call it off yet and see how we go.”
Insp Henderson said tragic deaths such as Mrs Hay’s usually had a pronounced effect on small towns.
“It has affected the community, especially one the size of Aramac,” he said.
“It is a terrible tragedy for that town and that family.
“We will do our best to continue to monitor the town and see how things go – we do try to keep a lid on anything.”