The eighth dead child was her niece. By Saturday morning police revealed that Ms Thaiday had been arrested, and was under police guard in hospital.
She hadn’t been charged; she’d been arrested.
Once someone is charged, the case becomes “sub judice”, restricting what can and can’t be reported in the interest of giving the accused a fair trial.
This could, and probably will, go on for months.
This isn’t lawyers stringing it out for as long as possible; this
is due process, and must be followed. Ms Thaiday’s mental condition has to be assessed, and assessed properly.
This cannot, and must not, be hurried.
“I am in the UK and I hope you don't mind me using this platform to send my love and heartfelt best wishes to all the people of your nation. How you have all responded to the terrible events of the past week with honour and dignity is an example to the rest of the world. Australia, I respect you and I hope my nation is watching yours and seeing how you should respond.” I can’t find more appropriate words than that.