German mother jailed for allowing babies to die
A German woman has been found guilty of manslaughter for allowing her three babies to die following birth. The result coincides with the discovery of similar crimes elsewhere in Germany.
Erfurt -- A 22-year-old mother was jailed for nine years on Wednesday for failing to care for her three new-born babies and allowing them to die.
The bodies of the infants were found in a garage in the eastern German town of Thoerey in January last year.
The mother told the court she gave birth to the babies when she was 16, 17, 19, but claimed they were stillborn. The court refused to accept this and convicted her of manslaughter.
The case comes days after the discovery of the bodies of three new-born babies in the basement freezer of a family home in the west German village of Wenden, east of Cologne.
The mother, 44, is being held in a prison hospital wing after turning herself in to police on Sunday.
An autopsy that began Tuesday showed that at least one of the newborns had been born alive.
The woman's teenage son found the babies when clearing out the freezer while his parents were away for the weekend. The infant bodies were found wrapped in bloodstained towels and covered with newspapers, one dating back to December 1988.