Who is Rowan Baxter? Wiki, Biography, Age, Death Cause, Wife Hannah, Kids, Investigation Report

Rowan Baxter Wiki – Biography

Rowan Baxter, 42, formerly with the New Zealand Warriors, allegedly filled up a gas can Wednesday morning before dousing the car with his wife, Hannah, and young children inside and torching it in Brisbane, Australian outlet 9News reported.

Rowan Baxter Age

He was 42 years old.

Wife Hannah Baxter

His wife, Hannah Baxter, aged 31, died later in hospital from extensive burns. She had reportedly jumped from the car yelling: “He’s poured petrol on me”.

Police are investigating how the fire started.

“How the fire actually occurred has not been ascertained at the moment so for us to call it a murder-suicide or a tragic accident, it’s inappropriate at this stage,” Detective Inspector Mark Thompson said.

“I’ve seen some horrific scenes – this is up there with some of the best of them.”


Baxter also got out of the burning vehicle, but died at the scene from a self-inflicted stab wound, authorities said.

Police discovered the bodies of his children — ages 6, 4 and 3 — inside the vehicle.

“It is a horrific scene,” Queensland police’s Mark Thompson told ABC.

They found the couple’s three children – aged six, four and three – dead inside the car.

Emergency crews tried to revive Rowan Baxter, 42, but he was declared dead.

Australian media report that he was found close to the car with a self-inflicted stab wound.

He had been in the front passenger seat and Hannah Baxter had been driving the car, police said.

Death Cause

Thompson declined to comment on whether the family’s deaths were considered a murder-suicide, citing the ongoing investigation.

The couple separated last year but were still working on a custody agreement for their three children, 9News reported.

Baxter had run Brisbane-based fitness company Integr8 with Hannah, but the facility recently closed down, the outlet reported.
The pair had reportedly separated late last year, and were trying to work out custody arrangements.

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Residents told Australian media they had seen Mrs Baxter, 31, jump out of the car while she was on fire.

She was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition, police said. But she was confirmed to have died later on Wednesday.

Paramedics said they had also treated a passerby, who had “tried his best to get to the car”. He had suffered some “facial burning” and also been taken to hospital, a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said.

Rowan Baxter formerly played for the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team in Auckland and had also been running a gym called Integr8 with his wife in Capalaba to the east of Brisbane.

The gym’s website describes her as “an enthusiastic, passionate mother of three” and a trampolining champion who represented Queensland for four consecutive years and also achieved international medals.

Queensland’s Police Minister Mark Ryan told parliament about the “horrific incident”, saying: “My thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible tragedy.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison Statement

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his “heart goes out to the families and community going through this tragic time and the emergency responders confronting what would be a shattering scene”.

Federal MP Terri Butler said she was “horrified and devastated” by the incident.

Investigation Report

The mother of the children, Hannah Baxter, was taken to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. She was 31. ABC Australia reports Ms. Baxter had jumped from the vehicle at the time and yelled “he’s poured petrol on me.”
“Devastating news out of Camp Hill,” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote on Twitter.
“My heart goes out to the families and community going through this tragic time and the emergency responders confronting what would be a shattering scene.”
Police said early investigations indicate the woman was driving the car and the man was in the front passenger seat prior to the incident.
She suffered significant burns and was helped out of the vehicle by a man after the fire started. He also suffered burns and was taken to hospital.


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