Authorities face questions over home where disabled kids found naked

Neighbours in the street have reportedly being trying to get help for the children for years.

Queensland Police were called to a home in Brisbane’s north on Thursday where they discovered a 49-year-old man dead inside, having suffered an apparent heart attack.

Police then heard noises coming from a bedroom in the Stafford home.

Inside the room, which had its doorknob removed and replaced with a dirty spoon, were two teenage boys, aged 17 and 19.

The boys, who suffer severe autism and are non-verbal, were naked, wearing only soiled nappies, in a distressed state and appeared to be malnourished.

They were rushed to Prince Charles Hospital where they are believed to be in a stable condition.

Neighbours have since told The Courier Mail that the Department of Child Safety had visited the property before.

Apparently, the authorities had been satisfied that there was no threat to the children – and had closed their case last year.

Horrifying images taken by a neighbour of the squalid conditions the boys lived in.Source:Supplied

“Where was the department?”

Neighbours in the street have reportedly being trying to get help for the children for years.

They reportedly took disturbing pictures and video at the home and set it to the Department of Child Safety two years ago.

In one image, the boys are shown playing in a locked room with a small air mattress on the floor, surrounded by filth.

In another, the boys can be seen sitting in the backyard with a broken beer bottle.

“I tried to reach out to police and the Department of Child Safety, but nothing was ever done,” one neighbour said.

“If you think the situation was horrific, where was the department to give support and to help them?” the neighbour told The Courier-Mail.

A local told the Daily Mail that Child Safety “needs a kick up the ass because they haven’t been checking on him, clearly”.

“If they were helping, this might not have happened.”

The house where two intellectually disabled teens were found locked in a room, with their dead father also inside the property. Picture: Annette DewSource:News Corp Australia

“This is particularly tragic, heart-wrenching”

In a statement Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said: “Hearing about events like this in our community is never easy. My thoughts are with these two young men who are getting the support and care they need.”

A Queensland Police spokesman didn’t respond to the claim that neighbours had contacted police about the boys’ condition, but said: “Detectives from Boondall Child Protection Investigation Unit along with other government agencies are working together around the circumstances surrounding the care of two teenage boys with special needs discovered when emergency services attended a Stafford house yesterday.”

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles this morning said the discovery of the situation was “tragic”.

“Obviously, just based on what I’ve seen in the media reports, this is particularly tragic, heart-wrenching and no doubt will be investigated in detail, both the Child Safety response as well as what’s happened here,” Mr Miles said.


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