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Woman arrested for dead baby in freezer

A woman in the state of Baden-Württemberg has given herself up to police after relatives discovered she had put her newborn baby in a freezer, police in Horb-am-Neckar said on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old woman had the baby at home some three to four weeks ago. She lives with the father of the child, the police spokesperson said.

“We have the impression that they both didn’t want a baby,” a police spokesman said at at press conference. An autopsy has shown the baby girl was alive at the time of birth, but it’s not yet clear if she died from cold in the freezer or was asphyxiated.

Police arrested the woman, originally from Switzerland, under suspicion of manslaughter.

Germany has been plagued with gruesome infanticide cases in the last few years. One woman who killed nine of her babies was sentenced to 15 years in prison in early April.

Early this month, a 44-year-old woman was arrested when her family found three dead babies in her freezer near Bonn.

A 68-year-old pensioner in the neighbourhood where the mother lives in Horb said she was distraught over the news. “What’s wrong with our country? Almost every two weeks there’s something about new baby killings in the press. It’s just completely out of hand,” she said.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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