A man has been charged with murdering St Marys mother Drew Douglas this morning.
Police and emergency services swarmed Edmondson Avenue just after daybreak this morning after reports a woman had been stabbed.
“On arrival, officers from Nepean Police Area Command found a woman suffering stab wounds to her chest,” a Police spokesperson said.
“She was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.”
The woman has since been identified as Drew Douglas, a mother of four including a newborn.
A 35-year-old man, Douglas’ partner Shaun King, was arrested at Campbelltown Police Station about 7.30am on Wednesday and was being questioned by police.
Tonight, he was charged with murder and will front court tomorrow.
Police have revealed that the night before the stabbing, they were called by King. The police response to that call is now under investigation.
Neighbours expressed their shock at the death of the woman, who is believed to be a mother of four children including a newborn.
“It’s very unsettling,” one man told Nine News.
A mother-of-four has died from stab wounds to her chest at a home in St Marys.
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 16, 2023
“I’ve been here all my life and we’ve never had a murder here. It’s not what you want to hear.”
Assistant Commissioner Leanne McCusker confirmed there had been a history of domestic violence between Douglas and her partner.
“There is history of police involvement with these two people,” she said.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Nepean Police Area Command are investigating the circumstances surrounding Douglas’ death.
A critical incident team from Ryde Police Area Command will investigate all the other circumstances surrounding the incident and the police response.
That investigation will be subject to independent review.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.