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Three dead babies found in cooler boxes

Police are questioning a woman after the bodies of three babies were found in cooler boxes stored in the cellar and a garage at her home in western Germany.

Three dead babies found in cooler boxes
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The bodies had been in the boxes for “more than several months”, according to the public prosecutor dealing with the case in the Gießen area of Hesse.

The 40-year-old woman who is assumed to be mother to the babies, was on parole for fraud, but was taken back into prison when the bodies of the babies were found at her flat. It seems they were not triplets.

She has told investigators the children were still-born, but tests on the bodies are being conducted to see whether that is right.

The condition in which the bodies were found “is going to make it very difficult to get answers,” said a spokeswoman for the prosecutor on Tuesday evening.

People clearing the woman’s flat in Langgöns, Hesse, found the first two bodies in the cellar and called police who found the third in a garage on Wednesday.

The woman has four living children, the youngest of whom was born recently while she was in prison and taken into care.

“Results from the autopsy may take up to several days,” she said, but they should shed some light on when the children died and potentially the cause of death.

The father of the children has been identified but is not the focus of the investigation.

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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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