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Foster Father Accused Of Tiahleigh Murder In Induced Coma

The man charged over the murder of schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer is in an induced coma in hospital, a court has head.

Tiahleigh's foster father Rick Thorburn, 56, was due to face Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with her murder but the court heard he had been placed in an induced coma.

Thorburn was taken to Princess Alexandria Hospital overnight on Tuesday following his arrest over the 12-year-old's murder.

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Photo: Tiahleigh Palmer

Police have not disclosed details of what prompted the hospitalisation but this morning said his condition had improved.

The case against Thorburn has been adjourned to December 21.

According to The Courier Mail, police will allege Thorburn murdered Tiahleigh to keep secret an incestuous relationship with her foster brother.

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Photo: Trent Thorburn

His son Trent, 19, who has been charged with incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice, is expected to apply for bail on Wednesday afternoon.

Tiahleigh's mother Cindy Palmer walked to the court on Wednesday morning, flanked by a dozen supporters, many wearing "Justice for Tiahleigh" T-shirts or purple, the slain girl's favourite colour.

The 12-year-old was last seen alive on October 30 and her body was located almost a week later on the banks of the Pimpama River on the northern Gold Coast.

Thorburn was one of the pallbearers at her funeral and a registered foster carer at the time.

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Photo: Tiahleigh Palmer

His wife Julene, 54, and another son, Josh, 20, have been charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

They have been released on bail and will face court on October 10.

KEY EVENTS IN MURDER OF BRISBANE SCHOOLGIRL TIAHLEIGH PALMER:
2015

October 30 - Tiahleigh is dropped off at Marsden State High School

November 5 - A missing person alert is issued hours before an unidentified body is found by fishermen on the banks of Pimpama River

November 7 - Body confirmed as Tiahleigh's, SES volunteers begin searching river

November 8 - Friends hold candlelight vigil

November 9 - Detectives question school friends

November 10 - River search resumes but police admit they have few answers; Queensland government vows to review response processes for missing children in state care

November 11 - Search upgraded to include land surrounding school

November 13 - Police set up Crime Stoppers marquee, believe Tiahleigh may have wagged classes

November 14 - Tiahleigh's funeral honours a "beautifully imperfect" girl

November 30 - Police divers return to search Pimpama River

December 4 - Search widened after Tiahleigh's shoe found; police release footage of classroom two days prior to disappearance

2016

February 15 - $250,000 reward offered for information; more than 300 people contact Crime Stoppers

March 14 - Tiahleigh's biological mother Cindy makes public appeal to help find killer

March 23 - Police begin searching vacant house at Waterford West on Logan Reserve Road

July 11 - Queensland government announces new protocols on how authorities are to deal with children missing from out-of-home care in direct response to Tiahleigh's disappearance and murder

September 13 - Police seize a blue Ford Falcon XR6 they believe is linked to Tiahleigh's disappearance.

September 20 - Tiahleigh's foster father is charged with her murder; his wife and two males are also taken into custody.

Staff Writers with AAP; Photos: AAP

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