Girl, 6, died of suffocation

11th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

UPDATED: 13 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — The girl, 6, found dead in a house in Dommelen, North Brabant was apparently asphyxiated, a spokesperson for the public prosecutor's office said on Friday.

UPDATED: 13 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — The girl, 6, found dead in a house in Dommelen, North Brabant was apparently asphyxiated, a spokesperson for the public prosecutor's office said on Friday.

Newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported the girl had been smothered with cushions. Her body was discovered by her grandparents.

Police arrested the girl's mother and another woman on Wednesday. The women's car was involved in a serious accident in the nearby district of Borkel the night before the girl's body was found.

Witnesses describing seeing two women leave the scene after the car struck a tree. The women were found on Wednesday in a caravan in the nearby town of Borkel. The police said it appeared the women were planning to commit suicide.

Locals expressed shock at the death of the girl. Several residents said the family were relative newcomers. "The woman, her husband and the girl came to live here about a year ago," one neighbour said.

He said the family were from Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam. After a while a woman from Borkel came into the picture. "It was a strange relationship. First she came when the mother was away. Later it was the other way round".

The women had been living together for two months prior to the tragedy. "We hardly said more than 'hallo' and 'dag' to each other but I never noticed anything usual," the local man said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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