Adeline Rigney-Wilson and her children were visited by child protective services just hours before her partner allegedly killed them.
Neighbours told the Adelaide Advertiser that social workers visited the rural Hillier home Adeline, Amber, six, and Corey, five, shared with Steven Graham Peet to perform a welfare check on Monday morning.
Just hours later, police found the bodies of the mother and children after they were allegedly murdered by Peet during a domestic dispute.
Families SA refused to comment on why it was visiting the family.
“It would be inappropriate and disrespectful to the deceased to publicly elaborate on the nature of support being provided,” a Families SA statement read.
Peet faced court yesterday charged with three counts of murder. In a police interview, he said he remembered arguing with Wilson-Rigney but didn’t remember what happened next.
He had two black eyes when he appeared in court, and did not apply for bail. He will appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court in August.