Dutch woman acquitted of killing her three newborn babies
A Dutch court Tuesday acquitted a 42-year-old woman of killing her three newborn babies after experts said it could not be proven the infants were alive at birth.
"The court could find no proof that the babies were alive when they were born and therefore the charge of infanticide could not be proven," Maastricht court's spokeswoman Nicole van Wordragen told AFP.
The woman, only identified as Anita C., was accused of killing her three newborns and hiding their bodies in plastic bags and a flower pot in the back yard of her home in Geelen, in the southern Netherlands.
Court documents said the gruesome find was discovered after the woman was admitted to hospital on July 28, 2010, in a critical condition. Doctors found remnants of placenta in her uterus which showed she recently had a baby, which she vehemently denied and therefore raised suspicions.
Her home was raided on August 29 last year.
Prosecutors on September 13 had asked for an eight-year sentence.
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