A mum who admitted setting the family home alight told her two young children to ‘stay calm and lie on their beds’ in a twisted bid to try and kill them.
A neighbour described the horrifying moment the kids screamed as the blaze engulfed their home and the front window flashed red with flames, the ACT Supreme Court heard earlier this year.
He tried desperately to get into the home as he bashed on windows and doors but couldn’t get in because they were locked.
The 47-year-old Canberra woman allegedly told the children to ‘stay calm’ after one of them asked for a glass of water as their house filled with smoke, according to the ABC.
Earlier evidence given to the court revealed harrowing details of the rescue which saw the young family given CPR before they were taken for emergency care in Sydney.
The mother and one of her little children were placed in an induced coma to help them recover from the deliberately lit fire.
Police said they found ignition points for the blaze on a couch and inside the linen cupboard.
The mother was due to face trial in August in the ACT Supreme Court but pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Wednesday instead.
She will receive her sentence at the end of the year.