Woman detained after German police find remains of eight babies


Authorities arrested the 45-year-old suspected mother of eight infants found dead in an apartment, a police spokesman said late Friday in southern Germany.

A 55-year-old man found with her was being held for questioning, the spokesman said.

The bodies of seven babies wrapped in towels or plastic bags were found Thursday in Wallenfels, a small town halfway between Munich and Berlin. An eighth set of remains was discovered Friday in the apartment, where she had been a tenant until recently, police said.

The woman was sought “as potentially the mother of the children,” a police spokeswoman said earlier.

She was arrested in a boarding house in Kronach, a larger city 13 kilometres west of Wallenfels.

The bodies were in a state of advanced decomposition. Pathologists were working to establish the infants’ sexes. Police said post-mortem examinations began Friday, with results expected in the coming weeks.

It was unclear how long the infants had been dead, or whether they were born alive.

The case began Thursday afternoon when another resident made an emergency call to report having seen the body of a baby inside the apartment.