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  • Killer dad takes 'long sleep'
  • By Paula Doneman, Tanya Moore and Erica Thompson
  • The Courier Mail (Qld)
  • 27/04/2004 Make a Comment
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Torn Apart: ... Dionne Dalton with estranged husband Jayson Dalton, who killed his two young children, toddler daughter Jessie and baby son Patrick, at his home in Kelvin Grove.

Alan Jones 2GB commentary
Infants Strangled

ON Friday, Jayson Dalton learnt he would not be the primary carer of his two young children.

Two days after the Family Court order, he murdered his children before killing himself.

The former One Nation candidate is believed to have suffocated his 19-month-old daughter Jessie and her 13-week-old brother Patrick in their former family home at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane on Sunday before suffocating himself with a plastic bag.

Mr Dalton, 32, who had temporary custody of his children before Friday, was meant to hand over the children at Southport at 4pm on Sunday but failed to show.

His mother-in-law Julie Wherritt and his estranged wife Dionne Dalton began a desperate ring-around on Sunday afternoon in a bid to locate him.

Mr Dalton had told his father on Sunday that he and his babies were going to have "a long sleep" together.

In the past few weeks he had also threatened to harm his family and hoped to "end it all".

Mr Dalton had been arrested twice before for breaching a domestic violence order and his mother-in-law sensed the possible dangers.

At 6.14pm she phoned police.

At 6.30pm police discovered the three bodies.

The two children and their father were found huddled together on a bed in the Kelvin Grove Rd home.

Mrs Dalton, who is living on the Gold Coast, arrived shortly after the bodies were found and collapsed on the pavement outside her former home.

She was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital where she was treated for trauma and shock, and last night was still under sedation.

The young couple had been separated for just over a month after marrying in 2001.

They had run together as Independent candidates for the Brisbane Central seat against Premier Peter Beattie in the 2001 state election.

In that election, Mr Dalton had supported a tougher stance on crime and promoted his position on a Crime Stoppers committee.

In 1999, Mr Dalton had stood as the One Nation candidate for the federal seat of Kennedy.

In that election he campaigned on family law reform and changes to the child support agency.

Yesterday Mrs Dalton's family refused to comment on the tragedy and said they were "shattered" by the ordeal.

Mr Dalton's relatives also declined to comment.

In Mount Isa, former friends said Mr Dalton had always been "one of the lads" and a bit of a "larrikin".

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Mr Dalton's body yesterday. Examinations on the children's bodies will be carried out today.

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