Jail demands over deaths of 4 babies
10 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — The mother and father of four dead babies are facing sentences of four years jail and seven years jail respectively for the deaths of their children.
10 October 2006
AMSTERDAM — The mother and father of four dead babies are facing sentences of four years jail and seven years jail respectively for the deaths of their children.
In addition to the four-year jail term, the public prosecution demanded on Monday that the woman be sentenced to TBS psychiatric detention, to be served at the end of her jail term.
The 30-year-old M. A. is accused of drowning her four babies immediately after giving birth to them at home in a bath.
The babies were born between April 2001 and November 2005. Upon her arrest, A. named the babies Sanne, Gwen, Timo and Lavinia.
The deaths of the babies was discovered when A.'s mother found a baby's body in a bag in the garage of her Haarlem home.
A. had moved in with her mother when her relationship broke up with the co-accused J. de W., 35, of Beverwijk.
Police then found the bodies of three babies in a rubbish container in the garden of a Beverwijk house at the end of last year.
A. has declared that De W. knew nothing about the pregnancies. De W. also denied on Tuesday he knew that A. was pregnant.
The public prosecution accuses De W. of complicity in the murder of three babies. He is also accused of leaving the eldest baby in a helpless condition.
De W. is not suspected of playing an active role in the murder of the children, but the prosecutor said he should have known his wife was pregnant and had given birth.
The prosecutor also claims that A. did not immediately hide the bodies of the babies in the rubbish container, but first hid them inside the house.
One of them was left in a kitchen cupboard, the other in a washhouse.
The defence has demanded the acquittal of the father, stressing that he knew nothing about the pregnancies.
Experts have assessed the father to be completely fit to stand trial, while psychiatric experts have said the mother cannot be held fully accountable for her actions.
The mother told the court on Monday she had lived for years in a sort of dream world.
"In my perception, the children were definitely not dead. In thoughts, I did fun things with them. It appeared as if nothing was wrong," she said.
The prosecution has demanded she be sentenced to TBS psychiatric detention.
The court will hand down its ruling on 24 October.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news