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Woman who hid dead babies in freezer jailed

The Local · 15 Nov 2010, 18:27

Published: 15 Nov 2010 18:27 GMT+01:00

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The court in the western German city convicted the 46-year-old housewife Monika Halbe of two counts of manslaughter, a spokesman said.

She was not tried in connection with a third baby, also found in the basement freezer and who died over 20 years ago, because the statute of limitations on the case had expired.

Halbe was convicted two years ago to four years and three months by another court but the prosecution appealed the sentence, calling for eight years.

During a five-day trial in 2008, Halbe had admitted to hiding the bodies of three baby girls in the family freezer, but had denied killing them.

In a case that made national headlines, it was the defendant's 18-year-old son who discovered the girls' tiny corpses in plastic bags when looking for a pizza in the freezer.

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18:49 November 15, 2010 by Gretl
Five years for killing three girls? This is justice? Murder is murder.
20:58 November 15, 2010 by maxbrando
5 years - 8 years. What is the difference?

Europeans are such wimps. Your senses of compassion are simply bizarre.
21:45 November 15, 2010 by dbert4
Why is it that fat women kill their babies?
22:06 November 15, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
> Murder is murder.

Except when it is the "lesser" crime of manslaughter.
22:24 November 15, 2010 by duckys
i guess that is why assassins are for hire in Europe... :)
08:10 November 16, 2010 by ErickDDiaz
Hey my German friends. Guess how much time you'll get for not paying your taxes?. Answer: 25 years to life
09:17 November 16, 2010 by catjones
A freezer-centric family.
11:06 November 16, 2010 by Nathaniel
Thats just retarded. She should get life at a minimum. And, how is there a statute of limitations on undiscovered murder? I guess I could understand if they had found the bodies and it'd been 20 years but if you dont even know a crime has been committed how does the clock start running?

Weird justice in this country...
20:02 November 16, 2010 by USMC-Goose
Why are you so upset about this, it's just a post-delivery abortion. What difference does it make?

If this woman had murdered her babies before they were born nobody would be batting an eye, hell there wouldn't even be a news article about it. Yet somehow this is more evil than vacuuming out babies with a Hoover.

Seems like life is only precious once the baby breathes. Hypocrites!
13:36 November 17, 2010 by Nathaniel
USMC dont know who you are speaking to but I disagree with abortion, particularly late term abortion, as well. And even if I didnt there is a difference between a day after pill, a regular abortion, a late term abortion, a partial birth abortion, and killing your babies and hiding them in the freezer...
15:47 November 17, 2010 by USMC-Goose
Oh, so there's differences in the level of murder now. My understating of murder is...this living thing was alive, I killed it, and now it's not. I can't seem to get how there's a difference.

I'm not speaking to you Nathaniel specifically, I find it rather confusing when there's some news story about a depraved parent that goes bat crap crazy and kills their child/ren and everyone that supports abortion acts sooooo shocked. It's the same damn thing, killing babies is killing babies wether they breathe air or not.
22:23 November 17, 2010 by parografik
Right, i.e., killing them when they breath helium from a balloon is just wrong.

5 years might be just enough time for her to get out and kill a couple more before the onset menopause. 15 years would just be cruel.
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