'House of horrors gran' not welcome here
IPSWICH mothers are outraged that a 58-year-old grandmother accused of attempting to murder two of her grandchildren has been allowed to live opposite Ipswich West State School.
The 58-year-old grandmother, charged with four counts of attempted murder, arson and attempting to interfere with a corpse, lives in a unit in close proximity to the school and Ipswich West Special School.
The woman was recently released on bail after she was alleged by police to have attempted to kill her nine- and 11-year-old grandsons by using an accelerant to set fire to their beds on February 27, 2014 at what has been termed the "house of horrors" in Morayfield.
Police also allege the woman then tried to prevent their escape by attempting to keep the door shut.
She is also alleged by police to have attempted to suffocate the 11-year-old on two other occasions while he was sleeping.
There is also a continuing investigation into the deaths of a three-year-old boy and the woman's seven-month-old grandson in the woman's home in 2013, which investigators now regard as suspicious.
Police allege the grandmother moved the corpse of the seven-month old to make it look as though he died in a cot.
The woman's bail conditions state she is to have no direct contact with anyone under 18 but police are understood to be opposed to her residence in such close proximity to schools.
Those concerns were echoed by two mothers the QT spoke to yesterday in West Ipswich who live near the schools in question.
"It just heightens our level of anxiety," one mother of young children said.
"If she has some problems where she doesn't like children and she has (allegedly) committed acts of violence towards them, then I definitely don't think she should be across the road from a school.
"I don't think there has been much common sense applied in that setup.
"With the internet and society the way it is today, it seems there are a lot of issues and safety concerns with our children.
"I think parents are having to become more and more vigilant, and even getting anxious and having to become hyper-vigilant to the point where we are afraid to let our children out of our sight for more than two minutes.
"I have a lot of issues with sentencing and people being released back into the community too soon after offences against children.
"It means that we end up inhibiting our children."
Another mother said the community should have been consulted about the grandmother's move to the area.
"I couldn't believe it when I saw the TV news," she said.
"Why wasn't the community told first?
"The charges against this woman are horrible.
"Surely there is another residence away from schools that this woman could have moved in to."
"I am worried for my children. It makes you not want to let them out of your sight."
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the grandmother deserved a fair trial, but added that Ipswich should not be "a dumping ground" for other community's problems.
He was disturbed to find out about the development through the media.
"Ipswich is not a dumping ground for other people's problems. I don't want Ipswich to be put in harm's way," he said.
"I am disappointed it has been leaked because it is not good for (the grandmother), not good for the community and not good for the schools.
"It creates a fear factor, but this is bureaucracy gone crazy."