Former soccer player shared footage of fighting with children before the car inferno in Brisbane left four dead
An ex-NRL player who started a car fire that killed his three children, previously uploaded images of him holding his toddler in a headlock and beating him in a bed.
The three children of Rowan Charles Baxter, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three all died when the family’s white SUV was set on fire at Camp Hill, southeast Brisbane, on Wednesday at 8:20 am.
Baxter survived the first blast but stabbed himself in the chest on the sidewalk next to the car, while the locals desperately tried to capture the children trapped in it.
The children’s mother, the 31-year-old Hannah Baxter, escaped the burning car and shouted “he poured gas on me,” witnesses claim.
She was taken to the hospital with “significant” burns.
Since then, confrontational images have emerged of the father who roughens up his children during a playfight in happier times.
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, and his three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, all died when the family’s white SUV was set on fire at Camp Hill, southeast Brisbane, on Wednesday at 8.20 hour.
Trey, who was still in diapers at the time, got tired of the game after he hit his head against a bed and ran away from the camera in tears
In the vision that Baxter uploaded to his Facebook account about a month ago, the three children giggled as he took turns taking them by the neck and pushing them away from him.
Trey, who was still in diapers at the time, got tired of the game after he hit his head against a bed and ran away from the camera in tears.
Baxter laughed and continued to play with his two older girls.
The video was received with support from his friends, who said that he taught his children to have thick skin.
Inferno family: Hannah and Rowan Baxter, with their three children (from left to right) Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, 3
Pictured: Baxter pushes Trey’s head into the corner of a bed during the game fight
Bodies were loaded in the back of a funeral bus on Wednesday afternoon. The burned-out Kia Sportage of the family can be seen in the background by the police
“That’s the coolest brother. Children love getting rough and don’t cry for all the little things. Great what you do, “someone said.
That same friend has since described Baxter’s actions as “unforgivable.”
“What he has done is the saddest ever and unforgivable … I have nothing but good memories of the man and nobody could have foreseen this. RIP to the little ones, “he wrote under his original remark.
Baxter indicated that the recordings were made just before bedtime.
“Sweet dreams my babies … love you to the moon and back,” he wrote.
The family business: Rowan Baxter with Hannah Baxter and their three children pose for the company logo
Fitness coach: mother Hannah Baxter managed to climb out of her SUV but fights for hospital life. Upstairs she is holding her son Trey in a beach moment
Trey, who was still in diapers at the time, got tired of the game after he hit his head against a bed and ran away from the camera in tears, but the girls kept playing
He also described his children as his “world.”
But only a month later, Baxter set fire to his car with his estranged wife and three children inside.
Mrs. Baxter managed to free herself from the car and rolled up the footpath to extinguish the flames.
The former New Zealand Warriors player stuck himself in after the blast and begged first responders not to extinguish the flames on the car.
Neighbors said that all they could see was thick, black smoke – followed by flames that lifted into the sky
“T-R-E-Y, love you to the moon in the back,” wrote Rowan Baxter – before he was suspected of killing his children and himself. A friend, Joey Abraham, told him “chin up, everything will be fine”
The couple recently divorced the company they manage together, Integr8 Fitness, based in Capalaba.
The car damage happened just meters from the home of Hannah’s parents.
The Queensland police were summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple only last month, The Courier-Mail reported.
But the family was not involved in proceedings at the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court.
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A police officer is depicted in the brick and tile home, where the father and his family lived. A friend described the Baxters as a ‘beautiful family’
The eruption occurred in Camp Hill, described as a chic, family-oriented suburb in the east of Brisbane
The Baxters broke up last year and the company they ran – Integr8 Fitness – would have closed its doors at the end of 2019