The father of the children killed in a fiery crash last month alongside his estranged ex-partner has described the incident as a “selfish, pointless act”.
A car with Ally, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4 and Zaidok, 2, inside smashed head-on with a truck in Kingaroy, Queensland, with their mother Charmaine Harris at the wheel.
It was initially thought Ms Harris accidentally steered into the path of a semi-trailer on Bunya Highway, but homicide detectives are now investigating the crash as a murder-suicide, Courier Mail reported.
This followed the discovery of a note inside the mother’s purse, which was found by police 200 metres from the scene of the crash.
The children’s father James McLeod has now labeled the incident “preventable” claiming he had issued several warnings to authorities about Ms Harris.
“I’ve always known that she would do something like this to the kids. I’ve let judges know, I’ve let lawyers know, I’ve let DOCS (the Department of Child Safety) know, I’ve let police know,” he told the publication.
“She’s just been a lying, vindictive, evil, nasty person.”
Mr McLeod had been separated from Ms Harris for two years prior to the crash, telling Nine News his children were “all that I lived for”.
“To be let down like this and to have my children returned back to me in urns is just the worst feeling I have ever endured,” he told the network.
“I don’t know why she did this. It’s just a selfish, pointless act.”
Ms Harris had admitted to financial hardship prior to the crash, and claimed in a Facebook post she had been the victim of domestic violence.
Mr Mcleod has maintained he was never violent towards his family.
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