Woman Only Gets 12 Years in Prison for Killing Her Five Newborn Babies

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Jun 17, 2015   |   1:54PM   |   Helsinki, Finland

In Finland, a 36-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison after killing her five newborns between 2005-2013. Unfortunately, Yahoo News reports that a life sentence in Finland usually only equates to 12-years behind bars.

In the court’s ruling, they said, “The homicides took place by leaving the newborns without care and warmth… Clearly this measure… caused particular agony to the babies.”

As LifeNews previously reported,  the babies were discovered when neighbors noticed a bad smell coming from where the woman lived. It was also reported that the woman kept her babies’ bodies in boxes in a basement cupboard and then placed them in garbage bags in the building’s cellar.

Unbelievably, the woman maintains that she was innocent and that all of her babies were stillborn. However, dental examinations reveal that some of the babies lived for up to four days before dying. Apparently she hid her pregnancies from her husband and when she got pregnant for a third time in 2010, she said she suffered a miscarriage.

After the bodies were discovered, the man filed for divorce and said he was completely unaware of his wife’s actions. The District Prosecutor overseeing the case, Sari Kemppainen, said that all the babies were born full-term or nearly full-term.

In a similar case in the United States, a 39-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison after killing her six babies and packing them in boxes between 1996-2006. The babies were discovered when Megan Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, went to their Utah home to retrieve some of his personal items. The District Attorney involved in the case, Jeff Buhman, said, “With the number of children she killed and the heinousness of this offense. The board of pardons has a life sentence, six life sentences to work with. We will be very shocked if she ever gets out.”

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Shockingly, Huntsman admitted to murdering all of her children. She told police that “she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born.” Then she said, “She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City.” During a police interview with officer Lt. Britt Smith, Huntsman seemed unemotional and matter of fact about the whole ordeal.

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