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Dead infant found abandoned in Saarland snow

DDP/The Local · 2 Feb 2010, 09:16

Published: 02 Feb 2010 09:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Feb 2010 09:16 GMT+01:00

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The newborn baby was discovered behind a family home beneath a hedge in the town of Namborn.

Authorities said they had been alerted to the possibility the child had been left alone by a hospital doctor who informed police that he had treated a 16-year-old girl with abdominal pain who had presumably recently given birth. He became concerned when the girl would not say what happened to the infant.

The tip led to a “dramatic deployment” that included helicopter searches for the baby, authorities said.

Police are waiting for an autopsy before they speak with the media later on Tuesday.

Gruesome cases of infanticide and child abandonment have haunted Germany in recent years.

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The most notorious case involved a woman jailed for 15 years in 2006 for the manslaughter of eight babies. Sabine Hilschenz, a divorced, unemployed and alcoholic dental assistant from a depressed area of eastern Germany, hid the corpses in buckets, flowerpots and an old fish tank at her parents' home.

In October, the remains of four babies were found in a Berlin apartment following the suicide of their alleged mother. Later the same month a man’s dog found a dead infant along Munich’s Isar River bank.

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Your comments about this article

10:37 February 2, 2010 by Jibzy
the family system in Germany scares me!
12:26 February 2, 2010 by michael4096
the family system in Germany scares me!

this happens in about every country in the world and usually has more to do with personal desperation than the 'family system'

MrNosey has it right
12:53 February 2, 2010 by Jibzy
I meant the family system where women are too busy to have children which is eventually curtailing the growth of a nation I mean the high divorce rates.. children out of wedlock (i.e. absence of a father in the child's life).

I mean the parents who are moved to old-homes... thats whats scary.

I just that believe a child should get the sincere love of both of the parents and the child should not just abandon his/her parents when he/she grows up to be independent.

I dont mean to generalize..there are of course children in Germany who get all of this but just that i get to hear a lot more of the children who DONT get the above-mentioned things.

p.s.: If it happens in other countries doesnt mean it should happen here. What kind of a defence is... "it happens elsewhere too".. ???
17:25 February 2, 2010 by michael4096
I'm not defending anything. I simply asked why you were attacking germany's 'family system' when nobody else has a family system that works better

there will be a place for discussing whether and how germany's family system can be improved but this is not the thread to do it - later
18:26 February 2, 2010 by Jibzy

Well you're right but i mentioned that since it was somehow related. The underlying assumption was that the child was unwanted.
18:48 February 2, 2010 by michael4096
and/or, that the kid that had the baby was frightened or couldn't admit to it for some reason. Whatever the reason, she is now going to have nightmares of this for the rest of her life and wonder what if..?

she is in one of the best countries in the world for help with the stress she must now be facing - I hope things work out for her better tomorrow
16:55 February 4, 2010 by tollermann
ah, don't worry about it, once Germany is a Muslim country all your problems will be solved!
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