UPDATE | Mother of 3 South African children found dead in their New Zealand home arrested

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Twin sisters Maya and Karla Dickason and older sibling Liane.
Twin sisters Maya and Karla Dickason and older sibling Liane.
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The mother of three South Africa children, who were found dead in their New Zealand home, has been arrested.

Lauren Dickason, 40, has been charged with murder. She is expected to appear in the Timaru District Court on Saturday morning.

"Police would like to reassure the community that this was a tragic isolated incident and we are not seeking anyone else. A scene examination will continue at the Queen Street address. As this matter is now before the courts, police will not be making any further comment," Detective Inspector Scott Anderson said in a statement.

Lauren Dickason
Graham and Lauren Dickason.
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The three children who emigrated to New Zealand with their parents a few weeks ago were found dead in their new home.

The children – twin girls, Maya and Karla Dickason, 2, and their older sister Liane, 5 – were found by their father, a doctor, according to New Zealand publication Stuff.

Police initially said the twin girls were aged three and their sister aged 7, but corrected this in a later statement.

The father, Graham Dickason, was said to have returned home on Thursday to find the bodies of the children. Neighbours heard him screaming and asking: "Is this really happening?"

A woman has reportedly been taken into custody and is in a stable condition in hospital, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Graham and Lauren Dickason with their daughters.
Twin sisters Maya and Karla Dickason and older sibling Liane.
Graham Dickason with his daughters.

It appears that the family arrived in New Zealand last month and were in the suburb of Timaru for only a week.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said they were aware of the incident.

"Unfortunately, because the investigations are still ongoing, we aren't in a position to comment further,” he said.

If you need help, please contact the following organisations:

The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) 011 234 4837

Gauteng Mental Health Society 011 984 4038

Sa Federation For Mental Health 011 781 1852

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