Mum jailed for killing baby

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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

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