Mum jailed for killing baby
By Dave Jones A SWISS woman who killed her own baby in Torrevieja hospital has agreed to an 11year jail term.
Katharina Katit-Stäheli had fled from her home country with 10-month-old Dylan on Christmas Eve in 2013.
The public prosecutor and her defence lawyer struck a deal after the trial started in Elche on Monday which noted that Katit-Stäheli had been suffering from a mental disorder. The prosecutor agreed to reduce the sentence he was asking for by six years, after she admitted to killing her child.
According to state news agency EFE, the Swiss authorities had terminated the parental rights of the mother in order to treat young Dylan who had been suffering from water on the brain since birth. Katit-Stäheli had been using natural remedies but the state decided that his only chance of survival was to undergo conventional hospital treatment.
The Swiss authorities issued an international arrest warrant after she snatched him from a hospital bed in Zurich and took him to Spain.
Guardia Civil officers spotted her in a shopping centre in Torrevieja on January 22, 2014.
She was arrested and mother and baby were taken to Torrevieja hospital for an examination.
The following day, KatitStäheli asked the two officers who were guarding her if she could give her son a bath.
Unbeknown to the officers, she was carrying a knife in her bag.
After undressing Dylan, she pulled out the knife and cut his throat before stabbing herself in the neck.
A psychologist noted that she had been suffering from a mental breakdown which prevented her seeing any other way out of her situation.
Katit-Stäheli told the court that she could not clearly remember the events of that day but explained that she had killed her baby because she was afraid that the doctors might ‘experiment on him’.
She told the court that she was in favour of herbal medicines due to the bad experiences she had had in the past with conventional treatments.
She blamed her son’s problems on treatment she had been given for a mouth infection while she was pregnant. Katit-Stäheli told the court that she had snatched her son after doctors told her they wanted to continue doing tests on him, such as an MRI scan, in order to treat his condition. She explained she had used her father’s car to drive to Spain and had spent time in different places until she was arrested in Torrevieja.
Katharina Katit-Stäheli in court in Elche