German 'baby murderer' rushed to finish birth
8 August 2005, FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, GERMANY - The German woman alleged to have committed nine serial infanticides has told interrogators how she rushed one of the births to be finished before her husband came home from work, two media reports said Saturday.
8 August 2005
FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, GERMANY - The German woman alleged to have committed nine serial infanticides has told interrogators how she rushed one of the births to be finished before her husband came home from work, two media reports said Saturday.
Sabine H., 39, was arrested last Monday after the remains of the infants born between 1988 and 1999 were found buried in plastic planters and in a sand-filled fish-tank in the family home near the eastern city of Frankfurt an der Oder.
H., whose surname was withheld under German media rules, said she had wanted one birth completed by 5 p.m. before her husband returned, according to the news magazine Der Spiegel and the daily Bild on Saturday.
She had a picture in her mind's eye from another birth of a "cold, blue baby wrapped in cellophane".
Police have searched properties used by the woman but have found no more remains. Prosecutors said earlier that H. agreed she had given birth to the nine, but denied killing them.
Spiegel, which released its report before it hits the streets Monday, said police were studying how none of the other 43 tenants in a low-rent, high-rise apartment block in Frankfurt an der Oder noticed she had been pregnant.
Earlier, officials said they had no evidence against the husband, who was divorced from H. this year.
Bild quoted prosecutor Annette Bargenda as saying: "Sabine H. and her husband Oliver H. had three children in the 1980s. The first was welcome, the second less so. And from the third on, it was all too much."
A Berlin lawyer who has met with H. in prison told Bild the husband had been domineering: "Everything had to be the way he wanted it. He decided everything. He had the purse strings. He went crazy when the third child came along. He is supposed to have beaten her."
Der Spiegel said investigators had their doubts about the claim that the husband had been ignorant of the nine births.
Frankfurt an der Oder and Brieskow-Finkenheerd where the bodies were found are both by the Polish border.
H. asserted she had always placed a blanket over each newborn after delivery, got drunk and when she awoke, the baby had always been dead. She denied violence to the children. Apart from the three older children, she has one living child under the age of two.
Subject: German news