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Ex-husband finds dead baby in freezer

The Local · 5 Sep 2012, 07:05

Published: 05 Sep 2012 07:05 GMT+02:00

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The 49-year-old woman from Flensburg, who has not been named, has admitted the baby girl was hers and said she was "in a state of complete exhaustion and hopelessness" at the time. It was not clear whether the baby was alive or dead when placed in the freezer.

State prosecutor Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt is handling the case, and told Tuesday’s Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that the baby “had arrived as a fully formed, living newborn.” She added that the husband had not known at the time that the baby had been born, let alone died.

She would not say if there were signs of violence on the corpse, but did reveal that the death was being treated as manslaughter.

The couple already had three, now fully grown, children and divorced in 2009, prosecutors said. The husband had gone to his ex-wife's house which they used to share to defrost her freezer.

She has been released pending further investigation.

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21:25 September 5, 2012 by Steve1949
Typical German. Why is this woman even free to walk around? She has already confessed to the crime. The whole story sounds a bit strange to me. Why would the ex husband be defrosting her refrigerator in the first place? There must have been one heck of an ice build up in the freezer after 10 years.
22:41 September 5, 2012 by coffmap8
Very strange story for sure!
23:23 September 5, 2012 by insight101
Even more strange since everyone who has lived in Germany knows their freezers are too small to hold 2 trays of ice cubes let alone a baby...

OK. Seriously. The ten years later defrosting sounds really strange, and yes, the manslaughter charge sounds strange. Why would it be manslaughter instead of murder? Is putting your baby in the freezer an accident in Germany?
04:22 September 6, 2012 by MaKo
I second insight101... a German freezer demands much freezer Tetris, and there's no not noticing the little bundle in there. I bet the husband knew.

Poor baby.
07:25 September 6, 2012 by sally#
It's a creepy story.The woman frozen the newly-born baby to death decade ago and now the ex-husband found the corpse when defrosting his ex-wife's freezer.There're still some suspects.Why the woman keep the dead body in her fridge for ten years? Why did the ex-husband defrost his ex-wife's fridge?
20:49 September 7, 2012 by Aquamarine
If this baby was born at full-term how did she hide her pregnancy? Did noone ask what happened to the baby? There is definitely a lot more to this story - why the sudden urge to defrost a freezer in a house you longer live in? It just doesn't add up.
19:57 September 8, 2012 by Almirante
What kind of psychiatric drugs was the mother taking, or had been taking recently?

It's a nearly one-to-one correlation: when you see completely psychotic crimes--like this one or the Aurora, Colorado, USA shooter, you immediately know the perpetrator was on some kind of psychiatric medications.

These people weren't violent when they started taking these meds.

They trusted the pharmaceutical industry to help them, and lives were ruined in all directions.

The main problem is that, in most cases, medical privacy laws hide this correlation.
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