Reading the news this morning, I'm struggling to imagine why or how a woman could kill seven of her own children and her young niece as well.
It appears that there had been no warning signs and no-one considered there were problems in the family.
Why would a mother kill her children?
It saddens me beyond words that someone could be that ill - I mean, just imagine how ill you would have to be to kill anyone, never mind your own children! - and no-one knew her well enough to realise.
Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, and I have heard similar stories many times before. A number of times it has involved the father killing the children after marriage fell apart or the mother killing the children because she has mental health problems.
The idea that anyone could have serious enough problems to kill without being known as having a problem, that worries me! I would like to think that there would be help offered before things could get that bad.