Bodies of eight babies found in German flat
MUNICH: German police said yesterday they had found the bodies of eight babies in an apartment in the southern state of Bavaria, in what could be one of the country’s worst post-war infanticide case. Police said they were alerted on Thursday afternoon by a resident from the small town of Wallenfels, who found a body of an infant in the apartment. When officers arrived at the site, they uncovered several other bodies, wrapped up in hand towels and put in plastic bags.
Police are looking for a 45-year-old woman who previously lived in the apartment. “She is sought at least as the possible mother of the children,” said a police spokeswoman, who would not say if the woman is considered a suspect. Forensic investigators are currently examining the corpses, police said, adding that the process could take some time “due to the poor condition” of some of the bodies. “A result is not to be expected before the beginning of the coming week,” said police.
Investigators had first revealed the grisly find late Thursday, with the local press reporting that two babies’ bodies were uncovered. Yesterday morning, investigators announced that possibly seven bodies had been found, before saying in the late afternoon that an eighth had been discovered in the house where children’s decorations could be seen taped to the windows on the first floor. Newspaper Bild reported that the female former resident of the apartment lived there with her husband for 18 years, and that the couple had three children. But the woman also had four other children from other relationships, it said, adding that she had sought to hide her frequent pregnancies. It also quoted an unnamed source saying that the woman had four miscarriages. —AFP