The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bad Parents Overseas

In what I hope is just the second of many guest posts by Cat, I'd like to share some highlights from her on just a few of the cases from 2007 that were going on in Germany.

A bad year for children in Germany

January 17th, 2007
In the city Thorey in the state of Thuringia 3 dead bodies of babies are discovered when pulling down a building. A 21 year old woman from Erfurt admits to have given birth to a boy at the age of 16 and later on 2 more children and that she hid the bodies there.

March 17th, 2007
A newborn girl is stuffed into a plastic bag and thrown down from the 10th floor of a multistory building in Hamburg. Days later the police identifies the 26 year old mother as the offender. On September 18th she is sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison.

April 14th, 2007
A 15 year old discovers two dead bodies of babies in his mothers freezer in her apartment. The 35 year old mother confesses to have packed the babies after the birth in trash bags and put them in the freezer. The Landgericht Erfurt sentences her to 12 years in prison for two second-degree-murders.

June 22nd, 2007
At the age of 3 months little Andre from Iserlohn dies. According to the police report, the boy already had obvious symptoms of malnutrition. They said he had the face of an old man.

November 21st, 2007
Lea-Sophie from Schwerin, neglected by her parents, is rushed into the hospital in very critical condition, where she dies after doctors fought for her life. Autopsy states that the child was starved to death

November 27th, 2007
Civil servants discover the dead body of a baby born in 2002 in a suitcase after following hints from the local health department. The suitcase was hidden by the 28 year old mother from Plauen. December 5th two more dead babies are discovered.

December 5th, 2007
The dead bodies of 5 boys between the age of 3 to 9 years are discovered in a house in Darry, Schleswig-Holstein. The mentally disturbed mother is under suspicion to have suffocated her children.

Thanks again Cat!