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Mother jailed for killing her five newborns
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Mother jailed for killing her five newborns

Published: 21 Mar 2013 19:09 GMT+01:00
Updated: 21 Mar 2013 19:09 GMT+01:00

A German court sentenced a married mother of two to nine years in jail on Thursday for killing five of her babies whose births she had concealed.

The 29-year-old woman had admitted during the trial in the northern city of Flensburg to secretly giving birth and immediately killing the five newborns between 2006 and 2012.

Three of the infants were suffocated and two stabbed with scissors, the court concluded, finding the woman, who is from the town of Husum and was not named, guilty of five counts of manslaughter.

Although the trial was unable to clarify exactly why the woman killed the infants, she had said in questioning by the police that her husband did not want any more children.

Presiding judge Michael Lembke said that, when it came to pregnancy and birth, the defendant had virtually "suppressed, ignored, completely blanked it out" and that the labour pains had taken her by surprise.

But her actions were always unplanned, he said. Although an offender, she was "no monster", he added.

A psychiatric assessor ordered by the court said her motive remained unclear.

The woman, who has two children of school age, gave birth at home or in the woods. Two bodies were found in a paper recycling plant and a car park in 2006 and 2007.

Last year when the woman was asked to provide a routine DNA sample as part of investigations, she turned herself in and took police to the bodies of three further babies hidden in her cellar.

Her husband was described at the time the woman was charged as "completely devastated". He told police he knew nothing about the pregnancies.

The case is thought to be the worst to come to light in Germany since 2005, when a mother was sentenced to 15 years in prison after killing eight of her newborns.

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21:59 March 21, 2013 by chicagolive
9 years thats IT.....so basically as long as you pay your taxes you will never have to do real time for a serious crime.
02:38 March 22, 2013 by RainerL
That equates to nearly 1.5 years for each Child. Is that all they where worth??

This Women should have been put away for many more years than that. It sends the wrong message. Kill 9 People and you only get a few years plus a feed at no financial cost.

Pathetic!
03:46 March 22, 2013 by Bier_me
Can't believe she only got 9 years. Not sure how the judge thinks that walking out to woods to give birth and kill your baby is not premeditated. Sounds like she had a plan and executed it. How is that "unplanned" like the judge advocates? Maybe there is more to the story, but based on this article it looks like a serious injustice to the victims.
08:57 March 22, 2013 by kmcc1976
I am always so shocked at the leniency of sentenging here in Germany. In the US this woman have received multiple life sentences. The crime is sickening and justice was absolutley not served.
15:50 March 22, 2013 by maxbrando
No wonder the American press ignores Germany. Even the left wing American idiots are ashamed of you and your "social justice" system.
18:54 March 22, 2013 by bwjijsdtd
Hey maxbrando, why do you have to revert to Americans as left wing idiots. If you don't like us, that's okay, but there is no reason to bite the hand that feeds you. As far as justice goes, if she were in Texas, shw would have seen her last day of blue sky ... A hemp rope and a mesquite tree works wonders ... you should try it ...
15:36 March 23, 2013 by raandy
The sentence seems light, for the crime. Interestingly the US leads the so called free world in incarceration rates.1 out of every 100 males is incarcerated. I am not so sure long incarceration rates deters crime. Admittedly 25 % of those are for non violent drug crimes.
11:10 March 24, 2013 by DOZ
Dis she have a couple of dogs.
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