Girl at­tacks fam­ily with nox­ious spray

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS McMAHON

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.

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