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71-year-old 'murders' grandson in Florida

DPA/The Local · 7 Jan 2010, 07:42

Published: 07 Jan 2010 07:42 GMT+01:00

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The police said on Wednesday the grandmother decided to kill the five-year-old boy during her holiday on St. George Island while her husband had gone shopping. After drowning her grandson in the bathtub, the woman identified as Marianne Bordt from Nufringen near Stuttgart vainly attempted to commit suicide by throwing herself in the ocean.

Upon his return, the grandfather noticed the house’s door was open, but did not immediately find the boy. Eventually his wife came back to the house in wet underwear from the beach.

“She claimed she wanted to take her own life,” said an officer investigating the case.

Only later did the grandfather discover the body of the boy in the bathtub. He drove immediately to an emergency clinic after forcing his wife – who tried to flee – to come along. He then turned her over to the police.

She told police she killed the boy, who has US citizenship, because she couldn’t bear to see him grow up in a broken home after his parents divorced in 2006. According to the authorities, the boy spent most of his time in Georgia with his mother, who is the murderer's daughter.

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The grandmother now faces either the death penalty or life in prison should she be convicted of premeditated murder.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

22:05 January 7, 2010 by Joshontour
Sad, I have a 5 year old son myself and could not imagine a situation like this. Since she commited first degree murder in Florida, she will most likely get her death wish. However, lethal injection is no punishment at all compared to what she put that baby through.
22:34 January 7, 2010 by Paul Bowen
she is a very stupid evil women, who cares if parents are devorced you should never take a human life! i think they shud give her the leathal injection, she is not worth tax payers money to spend the rest of her life in prison! I hate her! hope she rotes in hell !!!
03:30 January 8, 2010 by sc123
I totally agree with you Paul Bowen but screw lethal injection, throw her in the ocean like she wanted, in shark infested waters
03:53 January 8, 2010 by Judge Dredd 60
We must never forget the absolute terror and betrayal that filled this little boy's final moments on earth. At the hands of his "protector" no less! Maybe she too will die at the hands of a trusted and loved family member. One can only hope for such justice in its purest form . . .
09:15 January 8, 2010 by shindiggy
i too have a 5 yr old grandson, i cnnot imagine the stupidity flying thru this womans head, its not even a reasonable motive. don't kill her lock her up with her cell walls plastered with the boy's picture, the mother and father's weeping photos at the childs funeral, the dispair of the husband,s face. so everyday this murdering sucubus can be reminded of her devilish deed.
20:27 January 8, 2010 by locally
Children are the future.What a poor,innocent,and harmless child.

She might have killed a Great star.

Who knows who she's going to target next.

Let them put her under lock as she ain't worth being free.

Pray the young soul rests beside the Angels in Heaven.........
21:54 January 8, 2010 by kent
i want to slap her SOOOOOO hard just once
15:11 January 9, 2010 by beeker
To put her in a womens prison in Florida for the rest of her life would be hell enough when the other "ladies" found out what she did.
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