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Mum 'killed five babies' to keep standard of living

The Local · 27 Sep 2012, 15:17

Published: 27 Sep 2012 15:17 GMT+02:00

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The 28-year-old woman is said to have given birth to the babies in secret – and then killed them, all without the knowledge of her husband.

The police in Flensburg, near the border with Denmark, said the woman was married with two children aged eight and ten.

The family lived at a “certain level of prosperity” and she was scared of being unable to maintain their standard of living if she had more children, the prosecutor said. Her husband did not want more children, yet contraception was “never a topic” for the couple, she said.

He is said to be deeply shocked and receiving counselling.

“The accused has made a complete confession to the police,” said prosecutor Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt. Two children were killed in 2006 and 2007 – and three more after that.

She gave birth to two of the babies at home – and three in the woods, alone.

The police said no-one had known of her pregnancies, not even her husband. They said the discovery and her confession were likely to have prevented further cases.

The body of one child was found in the recycled paper facility in 2006 in Ahrenshöft near the family’s home in the Husum area of northern Germany.

A post mortem examination showed the baby had lived for a short time after it was born, while a report from NDR public broadcaster suggested the placenta was also found, from which a DNA sample of the mother was retrieved.

The second baby was found by a driver a year later, wrapped in a plastic bag and dumped in a parking space near a major rural road. The police have been carrying out DNA testing of women in the region since then, and got a match with this woman, who then confessed to killing not only the first two babies but three more.

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The three other bodies were stashed in cardboard boxes in the family cellar. They were so badly decomposed that no time of death or cause of death could be determined.

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17:30 September 27, 2012 by William Thirteen
her husband must have not been paying much attention.
18:24 September 27, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Her husband did not want more children, yet contraception was ¦quot;never a topic¦quot; for the couple, she said.

I would love to know more about the husband and how he never wondered why there were no more children arriving when no contraception was being used.
18:38 September 27, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
How could she hide FIVE additional full term pregnancies from her husband? Most women gain a fair amount of weight during pregnancy (more weight than is needed, but it does happen). It doesn't make sense on so many levels. Was she wearing a nun's habit? An academic robe? A mu-mu? How could he not notice in normal everyday circumstances such as changing clothes, getting out of the shower, etc. Hell, even getting up from a sitting in a chair can be a chore for some women who are in their 8th month of pregnancy. Was her husband blind??

On the levels that this is not puzzling it is very sad. If she didn't want to give up her accustomed lifestyle and she wanted to give birth she should of at least done the humane thing and given the children up for adoption.
22:57 September 27, 2012 by coffmap8
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23:25 September 27, 2012 by nstaubach
its surprising that when any news involves a Muslim, the first thing mentioned is the religion, than name and then origin. However, in this case i presume it was a 100% Non-Muslim German women, So lets generalize now......Non-Muslim Germans are sick and they all should be deported out to Africa to save Germany from this nuisance.

P.S: this was just an example to show the intellectual level of all the ignorant idiots commenting the Local's forum....shame on you all!
07:43 September 28, 2012 by raandy
nstaubach, did you reread that script of crap you wrote?? seek some help.

This is a real cold women, it is hard to fathom how a person can do something like this. She did it 5 times, and hubby had no idea? Assuming these are the facts it makes little sense that he had no idea.
08:52 September 28, 2012 by Anee-One
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13:19 September 28, 2012 by Herr Ed
I agree that this is a cold women who needs to be sent somewhere where she'll never see the light of day again.

As far as how the husband didn't know, remember that not every woman's body is the same. There are some women - depending on their fitness level and other factors - who gain very little weight at all. In fact there was recently a story that came to light about a female British soldier who gave birth to her child at a base in Afghanistan. Turns out she was very fit and never knoew she was pregnant since menstrual cycles for women who work out a lot can be irregular anyway. She gained very little weight and attributed it to the change in lifestyle that came with her deployment.

Do I know that's the case here - no, there's not enough information in the story to make any assumptions. It could also be that the husband noticed but put himeslef in a state of denial about it, or that he was just a bloody idiot.
16:43 September 28, 2012 by nstaubach

exactly I would like to know the religion of this sick lady and label all those sharing the same faith as sick morons...i guess u r one of them....ok...its time for your berries!
17:57 September 28, 2012 by BobbyBaxter

Take a chill pill. You sound like you have a real chip on your shoulder when it comes to religion - I am guessing you are some sort of bleeding heart liberal. However, I would agree with you that anyone who is religous are moronic whether they be Muslim, Catholic, Protestant etc etc
10:53 September 29, 2012 by BobbyDigital
I'm guessing she is fat. Thats the only way to explain how he didn't know.
05:47 September 30, 2012 by Kalawow
Perhaps she figured that she could have had abortions before they were born, so what difference does a few minutes or hours after a birth make. This mindset is what "the slippery slope" means.
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