Mother of dead girl 'planned suicide with friend'

12th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

12 January 2006, AMSTERDAM — The two women arrested on Wednesday for suspected involvement in the death of a six-year-old girl planned to commit suicide, according to the police.

12 January 2006

AMSTERDAM — The two women arrested on Wednesday for suspected involvement in the death of a six-year-old girl planned to commit suicide, according to the police.

The mother, 31, and her mother's friend, 28, were discovered in a caravan in the village of Borkel en Schaft. They were arrested.

The two women fled the scene after their car struck a tree in the Borkel region on Tuesday night.

When the grandparents of the victim went to the family home in nearby village of Dommelen on Wednesday morning, they found the body of the dead girl.

The 15-member team of investigators said on Thursday that the child had been killed. An autopsy was carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

Pupils and parents of the 'Agnetendal' primary school in Dommelen attended a special meeting on Thursday morning. The dead girl was in Group 3 in the school.

Neither the school nor the childcare agencies had any reports of difficulty in the family.

Several residents told the media the family were relative newcomers to the area. "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 en Schaft 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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