Report on shooting to coroner

POLICE won't be revealing the official cause of death of a mother and her son who were killed in Tuesday night's shooting tragedy at Gracemere.

Autopsies were performed yesterday and police will prepare a report for the coroner. It's believed the eight-month-old baby was shot in the head by his mother, who also shot her ex-husband in the stomach at 7.50pm.

The mother later crashed her car and died from severe head injuries.  A Rockhampton Hospital spokeswoman said the man, 36, was in a stable condition.  

Meanwhile, Labor Child Safety Minister Phil Reeves must reveal to the community if early warning signs were ignored by his department in the tragic child-mother deaths in Rockhampton, LNP Shadow Minister for Child Safety Jack Dempsey said.

“Minister Reeves owes it to the grieving Rockhampton community to be honest and up-front about what his officers knew about the mother and the family prior to this tragedy,” he said.

“It's well-documented that local staff have been under pressure and the community needs to know whether warning signals may have been missed.”

He said that notifications requiring urgent action were often overlooked because officers were stretched to the limit.



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