Ex footballer shared footage play fighting with kids before Brisbane car ...

An ex-NRL player who started a car fire which killed his three children previously uploaded footage of him holding his toddler in a head lock and slamming him into a bed.

Rowan Charles Baxter's three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, all died when the family's white SUV was set alight at Camp Hill, in Brisbane's south east, about 8.20am on Wednesday. 

Baxter survived the initial blast but stabbed himself in the chest on the sidewalk next to the car as locals desperately tried to free the children trapped inside.

The children's mother, 31-year-old Hannah Baxter, escaped the burning car shouting 'he's poured petrol on me', witnesses claim.

She was taken to hospital suffering 'significant' burns.  

Confronting footage has since surfaced of the father roughing his children up during a play fight in happier times.

Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, and his three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, all died when the family's white SUV was set alight at Camp Hill, in Brisbane's south east, about 8.20am on Wednesday

Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, and his three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, all died when the family's white SUV was set alight at Camp Hill, in Brisbane's south east, about 8.20am on Wednesday 

Pictured: Baxter holding Trey in a headlock

Trey, who was still in diapers at the time, eventually grew tired of the game after having his head slammed into a bed and ran off camera in tears

Trey, who was still in diapers at the time, eventually grew tired of the game after having his head slammed into a bed and ran off camera in tears

In the vision, which Baxter uploaded to his Facebook account about a month ago, the three children giggled as he took turns grabbing them by the neck and pushing them away from him.

Trey, who was still in diapers at the time, eventually grew tired of the game after having his head slammed into a bed and ran off camera in tears.

Baxter laughed and continued playing with his two older girls.

The video was met with messages of support from his friends, who said he was teaching his children to have a thick skin.

Inferno family: Hannah and Rowan Baxter, with their three children (from left to right) Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, 3

Inferno family: Hannah and Rowan Baxter, with their three children (from left to right) Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, 3 

Pictured: Baxter pushing Trey's head into the corner of a bed during the play fight

Pictured: Baxter pushing Trey's head into the corner of a bed during the play fight

Bodies were seen being loaded into the back of a funeral van on Wednesday afternoon, the family's burnt-out Kia Sportage can be seen in the background being examined by police

Bodies were seen being loaded into the back of a funeral van on Wednesday afternoon, the family's burnt-out Kia Sportage can be seen in the background being examined by police

'That is the coolest bro. Kids love being roughed up then they don’t cry over every little thing. Awesome

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