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Eight babies’ bodies found in German town

UPDATED: Police said on Friday they had found an eighth dead infant after multiple lifeless bodies were discovered on Thursday in a family home in a small south German town.

Eight babies' bodies found in German town
The house in Wallenfels where the bodies were found. Photo: DPA

The house where the bodies were found in the small town of Wallenfels in northern Bavaria is unremarkable in every way. A home-made butterfly is stuck to a window, reports The Süddesutche Zeitung (SZ).

But the picture of tranquillity is deceptive.

In this house police found multiple bodies of deceased babies. During Thursday night, the remains were taken away to undergo forensic examinations.

While crime scene investigators remained at the house on Friday, police announced that they currently believe eight infant bodies to have been in the premises.

“The bodies have been under examination since the early hours of the morning. The process will take some time due to the bad conditions [of the bodies] in certain cases,“ police said. “Results are not to be expected before early next week.”

Police are looking for a 45-year-old woman who previously lived in the apartment in the small town of Wallenfels.

“She is sought at least as the possible mother of the children,” said a police spokeswoman, who would not say if the woman is being considered a suspect.

Although the details are thin, it is known that the bodies were found in a single room when an ambulance arrived at the house on an emergency call.

It is not yet clear how long the children had been dead for.

First details have also emerged about the family who had lived in the home for 18 years. It was a couple with children, reports Bild.

One neighbour told the SZ they were “nice people“ who were from the neighbourhood. The mother had always taken good care of her children, the neighbour said.

Another local told Bild that the mother had told of having “several miscarriages”.

The family have since moved out of the house but have not yet been found by the police for questioning.

The local mayor in the 3,000-person town also spoke of a “great sense of disbelief“ in the community.

Such cases are not completely unheard of in Germany.

Last May, a woman was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for killing two of her children and hiding them in a freezer.

In October 2013, in Bavaria, the bodies of two babies from the 1980s were found during construction works.

With AFP

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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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