Mum’s final act of heroism as she and her three kids killed by abusive husband

Mum Hannah Clarke suffered burns to her 97 per cent of her body but gave three interviews to police in intensive care

    The family of a mum-of-three who was doused in petrol and set on fire by her estranged husband have revealed her heartbreaking final moments.

    The 31-year-old mother died in hospital hours after her abusive husband Rowan Baxter killed their three children after ambushing the family on their morning school run in Brisbane on February 19.

    The tragic case was one of the most shocking examples of domestic abuse in Australian history.

    Hannah suffered burns to 97 per cent of her body and her children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, died at the scene.

    Baxter, who trained for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL, then killed himself by stabbing himself in the chest.

    QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and MP Joe Kelly lays flowers during a vigil to remember murdered mother, Hannah Clark
    (Image: Getty Images)

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    Eyewitnesses saw Hannah jumping from the burning vehicle inflames shouting "he poured petrol on me" before a neighbour rushed to her aid.

    She was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital where she later died.

    This week it has been revealed that Hannah gave three police interviews before she succumbed to her injuries.

    Her brother Nat told 7 News: “Up until the very last minute, she did everything she could to make sure whatever happened, that he was either going to pay for it, or everyone knew what had happened.

    “I can’t get over it. I couldn’t believe what we heard from the police and first responders – her act of heroism toward the end.

    “You couldn’t be prouder of her."

    Hannah Baxter and Rowan Baxter with kids Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey
    (Image: Channel 9)

    In an interview with Q Weekend, Hannah’s parents, Suzanne and Lloyd Clarke, revealed how their daughter spent her final moments in intensive care.

    Lloyd said: “So I told her that I loved her, that she was my little girl, and that I was so sorry I hadn't been able to protect her.”

    Nat said he could not even hold her hand as he did not want to hurt her.

    He said: “Mum told me to hold her hand, but I couldn't because I somehow thought if I touched her burns I might hurt her.

    “Silly isn't it? But I just didn't want her to hurt any more.”


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