Dead babies found in Germany
German police have made a horrific discovery.
Police are searching for a 45-year-old woman after discovering the decomposing corpses of about seven newborn babies in a house in Bavaria.
As reported by Yahoo, the bodies were in such a bad state of decay forensic experts said it was impossible to be precise about how many had been found,.
On Thursday a neighber in Wallenfels found a corpse, the neighbour called an ambulance; a doctor subsequently discovered further corpses.
Investigators believe the woman police are searching for – identified only as Andrea G – is the mother of the babies, although police said they had no confirmation of this. “We’re at least searching for her as if she were the mother of the children,” a police spokeswoman said.
Postmortems were being carried out on the Dead babies found in Germany, and the results – including how the babies died, their ages and sexes – would probably be known early next week.
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The bodies were discovered locked in a disused sauna-turned-store cupboard, wrapped in towels and airtight plastic bags, the spokeswoman said.
Not the first case of Infanticide in Germany
The country has seen a string of infanticide cases over the last decade, which have raised questions about whether support for women and families is sufficient, and why women who may need help over issues of pregnancy and motherhood are not seeking it.
Andrea G had lived in the house for 18 years and is believed to be the owner of the property. Shocked residents of Wallenfels, which has a population of 2,800, told German media that she had often been pregnant, but that had not attracted any suspicion as she was a “good and caring mother” to her other children.
Wallenfell’s mayor, Jens Korn, told Focus magazine: “I’m completely flabbergasted. We are a small, lively community with 2,800 residents, all of whom know each other. We are very distraught, and are of course all asking each other: might we have done something? Might we have helped in some way?”
He told Bavarian Broadcasting that the family – a couple whoboth had children from previous relationships – were “very normal”. The man was deeply involved in the local community; the woman is believed to have worked at the local swimming baths.
Media from several countries were ousdie the house on Friday, where children’s paper cutouts could be seen in the windows, and a Santa Claus figure by the door. Neighbours said the woman had left at the end of September and believed she had moved in with a new partner. Police said they had so far been unable to find her in her new home.
The police spokeswoman said owing to the state and the number of the corpses it would “take some time” to reach any conclusions. A criminal investigation has been launched involving scores of police officers. “There are still many people we need to speak to and lots of searches that need to be carried out,” the spokeswoman said.
A neighbour told the tabloid Bild the scenes of the dead bodies were so appalling, “we will never ever divulge what we have seen here”.
The Wallenfells discovery is just the latest of many cases involving attempts to cover up infanticide. In July 2005 the corpses of nine babies were discovered in Brieskow-Finkenheerd in the state of Brandenburg. The mother, who had four other children, was an alcoholic and had given birth to the babies between 1988 and 1998. She had killed them through neglect and had buried their remains in plant pots. She was later sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder.
In March 2013 a mother in the state of Schleswig Holstein was sentenced to nine years in prison for murdering five babies immediately after birth. One of the dead was found in a paper recycling plant in 2006; another the following year in a car park. The woman was not arrested until 2012, when a DNA test confirmed she was the babies’ mother. She subsequently showed police she had hidden three more in her cellar.
In 2009 four dead babies were discovered in a block of flats in Berlin. Their mother had jumped to her death from the house months before.
While there are no official statistics on infanticide in Germany, the children’s charity Terre des Hommes says its own research showed at least 202 newborns were killed between 2006 and 2014.
Some parts of the country use controversial “baby hatches” to enable women the hand newborns over to the authorities in complete anonymity, in the hope they will reduce cases of infanticide.