Mother arrested after babies bodies are found

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9 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — A woman and her partner were arrested in December after DNA testing confirmed they were the parents of four dead babies.

9 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — A woman and her partner were arrested in December after DNA testing confirmed they were the parents of four dead babies.

The body of a newborn baby was discovered in the home of the woman's mother in Haarlem on 21 December. It emerged on Sunday the bodies of three other "tiny" babies were found following searches in the garden of the suspects' home on Alkmaarseweg in Beverwijk, north-west of Amsterdam. The 29-year-old mother of the babies is in custody.

The father, Jeroen de W., 35, has denied any responsibility for the deaths of his children. He has been released and has moved "with his Rottweiler" into his parents' home near Beverwijk.

The man's father asked the media to respect their privacy in this difficult time. He claimed neither he nor his son knew his daughter-in-law, Etta, had been pregnant on four occasions.

"My son is innocent", his 66-year-old father Jacob de W. told newspaper 'De Telegraaf'. "The entire family is devastated, as you can imagine. I have just become a grandfather via my daughter - and then this happens."

"My wife has been in bed due to shock for several days now and my son's father-in-law has just died from a heart attack as a result of all the commotion. I want to leave it there. Grant us peace, please," he begged the media.

Some 150 people living in the vicinity received a letter from the local council on Monday to inform them about the investigation into the case.

Mayor Theo Weterings wrote that he was shocked by the events and he gave a commitment to keep local people informed of new information once it becomes available.

The letter was also signed by Bernt Schnieders, the mayor of Heemskerk. The suspect's home lies on the border between the two municipalities.

A female neighbour on the Alkmaarseweg described the parents of the dead babies as an "apparently normal couple". The pair moved into the detached house on the street five years ago and she never noticed that the suspect, Etta, was pregnant.

Local people had no idea what dozens of police officers in white plastic suits were doing in the house and garden in the last two weeks, until news came of the grisly find on Sunday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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