Family home destroyed in act of anti-American vandalism
IMAGINE someone doing this to your home.
Vandals meticulously destroyed almost every item in Danielle and Chad Watt's Sunshine Coast home on Friday night.
Couches have been slashed, bleach has been poured over carpets. All the clothes have either been destroyed by bleach or house paint, precious images have been crumpled and racist slurs have been painted on the walls.
And that's just the beginning.
All the televisions have been ruined by paint, the X-Box and WII were chucked in the fish tank, killing the fish, and used kitty litter has been thrown across the couple's six- and 14-year-old daughters' bedrooms.
The linen, destroyed by bleach, has been lifted up so the vandals could crush fresh eggs on the mattresses and mattress covers.
A framed photo of Danielle's grandparents has been slashed with a knife.
And other irreplaceable family photos have either been crumpled or painted on.
It's clear whoever the vandals knew the family, as the racist taunts painted on the walls in the lounge and in their 14-year-old daughter's bedroom make reference to their American heritage.
But why anyone would go to such an effort in destroying almost everything, including their autistic six-year-old's precious fancy dresses is hard to comprehend.
The Palmwoods couple, who have no contents insurance, have lost literally everything.
The rental has been declared unliveable because of the fumes from the paint and bleach and they only have the clothes they packed for a weekend getaway.
Danielle had arranged for a weekend trip for Chad to Rainbow Beach to celebrate his birthday on Monday and as Father's Day gift, as it was Father's Day in America, on Sunday.
She took the girls to family in Coolum for a girl's weekend away.
But she decided to return to the home on Saturday to pick up the X-Box and that was when she discovered the damage.
"I opened the door and at first I didn't notice anything, but when I turned on the lights I couldn't believe it," she said.
Chad drove home from Rainbow Beach on Saturday while police began taking footprints to find the culprits.
Danielle struggled to hold back tears as she took the Daily through the home to see the damage.
Most of the destruction appears targeted at their 14-year-old daughter's room, where American c**t has been carved into her wooden dresser and a reference to the Orlando massacre painted across her door.
Kitty litter surrounds the room and the faeces that were in it have barely been cleaned up.
Empty alcohol bottles line the floor.
"Everything is destroyed," Chad said.
"They had obviously been in there for hours. I have never seen so much hatred.
"Anyone who can do something like this needs some help."
While the couple needs everything from clothes to a new home to rent, their most urgent request is for help in catching the culprits.
"If anyone saw anything, please contact the police," Danielle said.
"We need them to be caught."
Anyone with information has been encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.