German man in abandoned children case attempts suicide

27th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Sascha Schmidt, 24, who is not the father of the children, had tried to hang himself in his cell, where he is awaiting extradition to Germany.

Rome -- German man who with his female partner abandoned her three young children in a restaurant in Italy was in hospital Saturday after attempting suicide, the ANSA news agency reported.

Sascha Schmidt, 24, who is not the father of the children, had tried to hang himself in his cell, where he is awaiting extradition to Germany, the news agency said.

Police in the northern Italian town of Aosta confirmed that Schmidt was in hospital but would not give a reason.

Schmidt and Caterina Remhof, 26, both from Finnentrop in North Rhine-Westphalia, ordered a pizza for the children at a restaurant in Aosta on Sunday then walked out and failed to return.

They were finally found in a wood outside Aosta on Thursday. They told police they had run out of money.

While Remhof was released after being charged with abandoning the children, Schmidt was detained pending the arrival of an arrest warrant from Germany.

German police said earlier that he was on the run after not returning to prison while on parole.

Prosecutors said he had been jailed for crimes including blackmail and that his sentence had been due to end in mid-2011.

AFP/Expatica

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