Girl attacks family with noxious spray
A TEENAGER has sprayed a family of seven with an unknown noxious substance following an argument on a Heatley street.
It is understood a 16- year- old girl assaulted a 10- year- old boy at a Wilkie St home before leaving, only to return with a noxious substance, spraying the entire family.
Emergency services rushed to the home about 4.15pm yesterday where young children had burn- like injuries to their skin following the attack.
A young boy was stretchered out of the home. The Bulletin understands he bore the brunt of the spray.
Five children and two adults were taken to Townsville Hospital with minor injuries. Police were still looking for the 16- year- old girl last night.
Late last night, volunteer scientific officers with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were conducting field sampling tests on the substance to determine what it was, along with atmospheric testing of the home.
The home was declared a crime scene and under police watch while the testing was done.
Townsville Child Protection Investigation Unit officer- in- charge detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles, said there was an initial fight between two children.
“It appears there was two disturbances – the first involving an assault between a child and a 16- year- old girl, that has ceased. The girl has come back and sprayed them all,” Sen- Sgt Miles said.
“The female teen has exposed a number of persons at the address to a noxious substance.
“At this stage it appears there has been a dispute of some sort that has got out of hand and escalated significantly. There is a very real prospect in those circumstances that someone could sustain significant injuries.”
If you have any information that can help police, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
MYSTERY: A child is taken from the Heatley home for treatment after being sprayed with an unknown noxious substance.
A child comforts another at the Wilkie St address.