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What’s happening to the nation’s 4-year-old?

Parents have been left with no choice but to adopt a 4-month-old child after a mother and father were found dead in their car on a rural road in northern Queensland.

Paige, who had been adopted by a family in the community of Rochdale, had been placed with a carer in the town and was in the care of the mother, who was a care worker, while the father was away on work-related leave.

The baby’s parents, Paul and Catherine Hill, were found at about 1:15am (AEST) on the rural road by a local farmer.

The couple were found in a car parked in the rural area of Rodea near the town of Kogarah, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north-west of Brisbane.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene, while police are treating the death as a murder-suicide.

“We were shocked, very shocked,” Paul Hill said.

“There was no sign of any struggle or any injuries to the child.

We were just waiting for her to come home.”

The infant had been taken into protective custody, with the family due to return to court next week.

“This is a very difficult situation for all of us,” Ms Hill said, “and we will all be thinking of Paige and her family, and we will be praying for them during this difficult time.”

“She has been an inspiration to me, and a great role model for me.

She has given me confidence, and it is going to give me a lot more confidence.”

Topics:police,deaths,children,queenslandFirst posted January 01, 2020 11:40:22Contact Rebecca McManusMore stories from Queensland