Man charged after family murdered in Australia

The Homicide Squad will ensure a professional and meticulous investigation is undertaken

The Homicide Squad will ensure a professional and meticulous investigation is undertaken

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court via videolink from Karratha, where he is now being held in police custody.

Investigations at the home in Bedford, Perth, where five bodies were found, could take days.

Western Australia police said twin two-year-old girls, their three-and-a-half-year-old sister, their mother and grandmother were found dead at a house in Bedford on Sunday after a man went to a police station.

Homicide detectives and specialist forensic police are continuing to comb the home for evidence.

Other neighbours spoke of a shocked community that had been close, calm and peaceful.

A Facebook profile believed to be Mara Quinn's showed her cradling a newborn in her arms, with a man beside her, and stated that she was engaged in August 2014.

The police did not release details about when and how they were killed, or the family's relationship with the man.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said at a press conference on Sunday it was still unclear how long the bodies had been at the house before they were discovered.

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Records show she bought the family's home in 2008.

VideoWATCH. Police have addressed the media after a man was charged for the murders of three children, his partner and her mother in a horrific family massacre in Bedford.

A young father, who is building a house nearby, told AAP: "I've got a two-year-old girl - I can't rationalise anything that would cause someone to do that".

"I can say there was at least one woman but I can't say more than that I'm afraid".

"We noticed that the house next door was pretty quiet, which was unusual, being that they had the young kids", Richard Fairbrother, who lives next door to the family's house, said.

The attack was an "atrocity and tragedy", he added.

"We have limited resources, we are constantly looking at new ways that we can apply those resources to provide the appropriate level of support", Mr Cook told reporters. "This is a terrible event and it's very upsetting".

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