Monster dad burned wife and 3 kids to death after daughter, 6, stood up to him

A mother was burned alive, along with her three young children, by her brutal estranged partner on the school run.

Hannah Clarke was taking her children Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, to school when the horrific incident happened.

All seemed fine that morning until her husband, Rowan Baxter, jumped into the passenger seat of the car. He then doused the terrified family in petrol.

And then set them all on fire before telling people nearby not to help.

Baxter then took his own life after the horrific incident which took place in Brisbane, Australia, in February of 2020.

A neighbour told The Courier-Mail a man rushed across the road to assist the woman with a hose and bucket of water having been washing his car.

An inquest back in March heard from family friend Varvara Meli, who said Aaliyah's brave decision to stand up to her dangerous father was the "last straw" for Hannah and prompted her to end the decade-long abusive relationship.

Earlier at the inquest Ms Clarke's devastating last word's were revealed.


Despite suffering burns to 97% of her body, the brave mum summoned the strength to tell paramedics and police at the scene what happened.

The inquest heard how Hannah told first paramedic on the scene, Stephanie Ring: "My babies are in the car, my children are in the car. Why didn't I just stay in the car with them?"

Before Hannah and her children were killed, they moved into her parents house to escape Baxter's controlling behaviour.

In early January, he was given a domestic violence order (DBO) by a Brisbane court for kidnapping one of their children and taking her interstate against Hannah's wishes.


The family claimed he stalked the mum through her phone and knew where she was at all times.

It has also been revealed how in the weeks before her death the mum found a chilling note from her killer partner, which read: “You can’t f*** with someone’s life like this and expect them to just take it.

"I’m not going to take it anymore Hannah.

“Do you know how hard it is to go to bed every night without your children? I wish you would have just tried.

“You destroyed my life and I cannot move on. I hope all this was worth it for you and your family.

“I’m finishing your game. I don’t want to play anymore. This was never ever my intention.”

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

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