Dead baby found in Berlin recycling bin

10th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The find comes less than two days after the body of a newborn girl was found dead in a forest near the southwestern German city of Konstanz.

Berlin -- A charity worker discovered a dead baby on Monday in a clothes-recycling bin in Berlin, German police said.

"We can't confirm any details but an autopsy is currently being carried out," Guido Busch, a spokesman for the Berlin police told AFP, declining to comment on the baby's age and gender.

The find comes less than two days after the body of a newborn girl was found dead in a forest near the southwestern German city of Konstanz. Picnickers found the baby on Saturday night wrapped in a plastic bag while gathering wood for their campfire.

Gruesome cases of infanticide regularly hit the headlines in Germany.

On Wednesday of last week, a woman was jailed for eight years for killing two of her babies and hiding their remains in plastic bags at different locations.

One was found in a flowerpot on a balcony, another in a suitcase at the home of the defendant's grandmother and a third in a freezer in a flat where the 29-year-old had once lived.

In one notorious case, Sabine Hilschenz from eastern Germany was convicted of the manslaughter of eight babies in 2006. She hid their remains in buckets and flowerpots as well as in an old fish tank at her parents' home.

AFP/Expatica

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