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Woman Arrested in Stabbing Deaths of 8 Children

Police block the road outside a house where eight children have been found dead the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Australian police say they have arrested the mother of most of the eight children killed in the northern city of Cairns. The children had apparently been stabbed to death.

Authorities said the 37-year-old woman was under guard Saturday after being hospitalized in stable condition with stab wounds to the chest.

The woman was the mother of seven of the children. The eighth was her niece.

Queensland state police were called to a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora Friday morning and found a wounded woman and the bodies of eight children aged 18 months to 14 years.