Mother jailed for life for baby death
A mother who left her baby to starve to death while she partied and took ecstasy was given a life prison sentence by a court in western Germany on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old mother, named only as Bianca N., took drugs and partied for days in Münster over Halloween last year, while her four-month old daughter, Fee, was left alone in her apartment in Soest, North Rhine-Westphalia.
Bianca N. initially denied the murder charge against her, arguing she had not intended to kill her child. “I put her down and then forgot about her,” she told the court in May.
At the Münster nightclub she admitted spending €300 on ecstasy and amphetamines and only remembered her daughter three days later.
When she returned to the apartment in Soest it was too late.
She fled the next day to Münster and did not return for two weeks. In the meantime the baby’s corpse was discovered by social services.
“Fee died an agonizing death,” the judge said at the sentencing on Wednesday at Arnsberg Regional Court. “But Bianca seems indifferent to Fee’s fate.”
Before being jailed, the mother said: “It doesn’t matter to be what punishment I get. I’m sentenced for the rest of my life.”