Shock as mother held over deaths of two young daughters
“Her mother-in-law said everything was happiness, everything, nothing was a problem,” she told WAtoday.
“They kiss and everything, go on holidays with the kids together.
“[The girls were] beautiful, beautiful, I can’t believe this.”
Another neighbour told WAtoday Ms Djurasovic had stopped coming to the Madeley home in recent days before the girls were found dead.
Harrowing accounts of how the girls were discovered by their father have been retold by residents who lived near the family home.
Neighbour Gordana Sousak told Nine News Perth she called police around 6pm on Friday after hearing screaming outside.
“[The grandfather] told me his son came home from work to find his little girl dead on the floor,” she said.
“When he called police they told him not to touch her, but by that time he’d found the other little girl in the laundry.”
She said the grandfather appeared in shock and was shivering when she offered him a jacket outside the house.
Didi, who lives across the street, said she was cooking dinner when she heard sirens outside her home and went to see what was happening.
“I told my youngest daughter ‘can you go see outside I hear the ambulance’ … and she came back to me and said ‘mum, there’s so many police outside, so many ambulances outside’,” she said.
“I go see and … [the grandparents] were on the ground crying and they were laying down.”
Police are investigating the circumstances of the girls’ deaths.
Ms Sousak said the family were part of a close-knit Bosnian community in Perth, with Ms Djurasovic working as a nurse.
On Saturday, family were gathering at the Redcliffe address of the girls’ grandparents.
Ms Djurasovic remains in hospital.
WA Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said the incident was a heartbreaking case.
“This is a tragic event and our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of these children,” he said.
“Heartbreaking events like this not only have impact on those directly involved, the friends and family of those children, but on the wider community of Western Australia.
“Our thoughts are also with those first responders who discovered the bodies of those children and also for the forensic officers and the homicide investigators who will be working their way meticulously through this crime scene for the coming days and weeks.”
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Heather McNeill covers general news for WAtoday with a focus on crime and courts; and Aboriginal affairs.