‘Horrific’: Autistic teens found in nappies
Two autistic teens found malnourished, naked and crying inside a locked room in a Brisbane home are in hospital after police discovered the body of their father on Wednesday morning.
Police officers arrived at the property on Midson Street in Stafford, in the city's north, just after 7am.
They were responding to reports of the sudden death of a man and found the 49-year-old's body inside. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson told news.com.au they attended the address after a call at 7.19am yesterday for a "medical incident".
But while in the home, it's understood officers heard noises coming from a locked bedroom and found two teens aged 17 and 19 inside.
Pictures seen by news.com.au show the boys wearing nappies and playing in the room.
A local man who did not wish to be named told the ABC the boys were "always locked in their room" and that the house smelled putrid and there were chickens in the kitchen.
Paramedics assessed the pair at the scene and they were transported to Prince Charles Hospital.
Their current conditions cannot be confirmed and Nine News reports they both have intellectual disabilities.
Queensland's Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer described the incident as "horrific".
"Hearing about events like this in our community is never easy," Ms Farmer said.
"My thoughts are with these two young men who are getting the support and care they need."
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the discovery of the situation was "tragic".
"Obviously just based on what I've seen in the media reports this is particularly tragic, heart wrenching and no doubt will be investigated in detail, both the Child Safety response as well as what's happened here," he said.
Queensland Police declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the young men.
It would only say that the older man's death is not believed to be suspicious, but they will wait on the results of a post-mortem examination.
Pictures from the backyard of the home show items strewn everywhere, including children's toys, clothes, an old microwave and paint buckets.
A note on the home's front fence read: "We will miss you Pauly."
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