• Germany edition
 
German couple jailed for snatching Czech baby
Photo: DPA

German couple jailed for snatching Czech baby

Published: 26 Mar 2013 07:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Mar 2013 07:29 GMT+01:00

The kidnapping of the only weeks-old baby Michalá in the town of Ústi nad Labem last summer left her mother distraught and feelings in the Czech Republic high.

Police arrested the 48-year-old German woman and her 51-year-old partner just a few days later. The baby was found safe and well at the house of the woman's mother in Neuwied, Rhineland Palatinate.

The court in Koblenz was unable to untangle the reason why the couple had snatched the baby. Judge Thomas Metzger heard the man say his partner had hidden a stillbirth from him, and told him Michalá was their baby.

She persuaded him they were stealing back their own child, he told the court. But Metzger did not believe this, and called them a "hugely fraudulent couple."

The pair, who had also stolen several cars and sold them on, were caught last July after being spotted on security cameras driving away from Ústi nad Labem in a car with the wrong number plates on.

The 21-year-old mother of the child had told the court how distressing the entire incident had been, talking in tears of the psychological problems she had suffered since. Her family said they felt the sentences - and the order to pay her €5,000 in compensation - were too lenient.

DPA/The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

11:29 March 26, 2013 by raandy
Four and a half years for kidnapping, lying, to the court, previous busts for stealing several cars and selling them, no doubt that would be the babies fate.

What a joke, and a slap in the face for the mother. How about a life sentence and a room undergrund where they would have to pump shine down..
13:55 March 26, 2013 by hanskarl
Some states in the US have what they call repeat offender" laws where if the person or persons have lived a life repeatedly breaking the law with several convictions the court is required to sentence them more harshly like three to four times the normal sentencing guidelines. I wonder why German states do not do this.
20:03 March 26, 2013 by jack_kerouac
What an atrocity - the punishment was definitely too lienient. Can you imagine if someone took your child? How insane!

I agree with our friend raandy here - life imprisonment!
06:08 March 27, 2013 by Tilak RaJ
I t is very shocking . To hear from German people.

It is shame on country also.
08:07 March 29, 2013 by Dyderich
Life Imprisonment - yes! Oh wait, that is 3 square meals a day, Internet/TV, Gym - Hey what the heck...they are doing better than some of the people on the street eeking out a living to boot.

Now, perhaps if the prison was a Gulag....or someplace where all you got was a nice lovely 5m2 cell for the rest of your life and had nothing to do except rot for the next however long you can survive, perhaps then. Otherwise, this is nothing.

And sadly the repeat offender laws in US are funny as hell....DUI 4+ convicted and these people can still drive and kill whoever they want on their highways because they never get rid of them. Slap Slap...bad boy/girl...do not drink and drive again...for the umpteenth time...

As for the Shame on Germany...OMFG? Really? Its two deranged people from that country - not the German People as a whole. So get off your white horse and think about that posting...otherwise you better hold every country accountable for their nutbags no matter how insignificant they are.
Today's headlines
Oktoberfest 2014
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents
Photo: DPA

Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents

There are 14 "tents" at Munich's Oktoberfest, all with their own uniqueness and theme. In the second of The Local's four-part guide to the world's biggest beer festival, we look at some of the best ones. READ  

Drunk teachers ruin school trip to Hamburg
Photo: DPA

Drunk teachers ruin school trip to Hamburg

A school trip was cancelled after just one day when two teachers got so drunk while they were supposed to be looking after pupils in Hamburg that police had to be called. READ  

Where to find the speed cameras today
Photo: DPA

Where to find the speed cameras today

Police deployed 13,000 officers across Germany on Thursday to catch speeding drivers in a so called "Blitzmarathon". Here is where the radar guns are. READ  

US WWII bomb forces 11,000 from homes
The area of the town centre evacuated. Photo: Lüneberg Stadt

US WWII bomb forces 11,000 from homes

Thousands of people in the centre of an historic town in central Germany had to leave their homes late on Wednesday evening after a 250kg bomb was found. READ  

Who is listening to Berlin's music?
Photo: DPA

Who is listening to Berlin's music?

A study by music-streaming service Spotify has revealed the global reach of Berlin-born music, with genres originating in the capital finding a loyal audience in some unlikely places. READ  

Champions League
Boateng delivers Bayern 1-0 win over Man City
Jerome Boateng with Bayern trainer Pep Guardiola on Wednesday night. Photo: DPA

Boateng delivers Bayern 1-0 win over Man City

A superb strike by Jerome Boateng with a minute remaining earned Bayern Munich a dramatic 1-0 victory against Manchester City in their opening Champions League game of the season on Wednesday. Chelsea, meanwhile, were held by Schalke. READ  

Merkel promises help for Liberia in Ebola fight
A man walks past an Ebola information mural in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: DPA

Merkel promises help for Liberia in Ebola fight

Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised that Germany will send help to Liberia to tackle the Ebola crisis in response to a personal appeal by the country's president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. READ  

Cabinet clamps down on child image possession
Justice Minister Heiko Maas. Photo: DPA

Cabinet clamps down on child image possession

People caught in possession of indecent images of children will face tougher prison sentences, the government announced on Wednesday. READ  

The Local List
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again

Ten German words you'll never want to hear again

There are some German words which we'd rather were never invented. From the almost unpronounceable to the sheer pointless, The Local List has identified ten of the worst words in the German language. Do you agree? READ  

Investigators offer $30m reward for MH17 clues
Investigators at the MH17 crash site. Photo: DPA

Investigators offer $30m reward for MH17 clues

Anonymous backers have armed a German private detective with a $30-million war chest to find out who shot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Oktoberfest 2014: The best and worst in dirndl fashion
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again
Photo: DPA
Education
German universities tumble in global rankings
Photo: DPA
Tech
Netflix launches in Germany (in English too)
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Fashion Ladies of the Local: Win a New Autumn Look
Photo: DPA
Politics
These men want to be the next mayor of Berlin
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
The three types of firms hiring foreigners
Photo: DPA/ESA
Tech
VIDEO: How one German astronaut sees Earth
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Frisky couple shock Berlin commuters
Photo: Bayernpartei/DPA
Politics
Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'
Photo: DPA
Gallery
12 things to do in Berlin for less than a latte
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,339
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd