Police believe youths may be involved in shocking vandalism
UPDATE: A SENIOR officer in the Child Protection Unit has advised police believe youths may be involved in the horrific vandalism of a Palmwoods home.
Detective Senior Sergeant Phil Hurst said considering the extent and type of damage of the home "we are considering there may be young people involved".
"A lot of the damage seems quite senseless and quite personal and motivated towards this particular family," he said.
The graffiti on the wall made specific reference to the family's American heritage.
American-born Danielle Watt met Australian husband Chad in America and the couple lived there until four years ago when they returned to be with Chad's mother.
She died two days before their departure, however they were able to nurse Chad's grandmother and the family forged a close relationship.
A photograph of the grandmother, who died recently, was one of the items slashed in the home invasion.
Det Sen Sgt Hurst has appealed to anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity near the Paynter's Pocket Ave home on Friday or Saturday to contact police.
"The amount of and extent of damage is quite concerning so police are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Crime Stoppers or their local police station," he said.
The phone number for Crime Stoppers is 1800 333 000.
EARLIER: A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl has been crying to go home and play in the room she doesn't know vandals wrecked on the weekend.
Danielle and Chad Watts haven't yet found the words to tell her she will never be going back.
Her precious dresses, including fancy dresses she received as birthday presents, are slowly being discarded into the skip out the front of the home as the couple begin the massive clean-up.
Vandals broke into the Palmwoods' home on Friday night and spent what must have been hours systematically destroying as much as they could.
The Watts don't want either of their two daughters, aged six and 14, to see how their bedrooms have been trashed with paint, bleach, cat faeces and crude slogans.
They don't want either the girls to see how all their televisions have paint smeared across them, their fish are dead and the fish tank is a murky mess, and irreplaceable family photos have been either crumpled or slashed.
"We haven't told either of the children yet all that has happened and we never want them to go into the house and see it all," Mr Watts said.
Close family have started a fundraising page to help the Watts, who had no contents insurance and have lost almost everything.
They also have no home to live in as the rental they were at has been declared unliveable because of the smell of bleach, paint, broken eggs, souring milk, spilt alcohol and cat faeces.
"We need to find a new home as we will never move back there," Mrs Watts said.
The couple's two cats, who were home during the invasion, survived although both had paint on them.
The small family dog had been staying with friends.
Already the amazing goodwill of the Sunshine Coast community has shone through.
"The principal of Palmwoods' Primary came to our house with the chaplain," Mrs Watts said.
"They have arranged a skip for us to throw everything in. The chaplain has also taken some of the dresses to dry cleaners to see if they can be salvaged."
Police investigations are continuing.
If you can help the family in any way, visit their fundraising page at https://fundrazr.com/d18r65?ref=tw_24riDb