After local authorities discovered the bodies of as many as eight dead babies inside an apartment, police went on a manhunt for the mother of the infants. They have reportedly located he and news reports indicate she has admitted killing at least some of the babies.
Police were looking for a 45-year-old woman believed to be the mother, according to the New York Post.
The dead babies’ bodies were found covered in blankets and placed in plastic bags in the apartment in Wallenfels, Germany; but reports are unclear about who first found them.
German police have said a 45-year-old woman has admitted killing several of the eight babies found dead at an apartment in Bavaria.
Upper Franconia police confirmed in a statement on Sunday that the woman – identified only as Andrea G – had confessed after her arrest on Friday night.
The bodies of eight infants wrapped in towels and plastic bags were discovered by police inside a storage room in the apartment in the town of Wallenfels after they were tipped off by a neighbour.
The woman was reported heard confessing to killing her children while drunk and left the apartment two and half months ago following an argument with her husband.
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She was arrested in a boarding house in the neighbouring village of Kronach.
According to German newspaper Bild, the woman had three children with her husband but was reported to have had four other children from other relationships.
The unnamed source said she had tried to hide her frequent pregnancies.
It is currently unclear who the father – or fathers – of the babies are or how they died.
Police said the bodies were badly decomposed and initially experts were not able to determine how many there were.
Authorities are examining the bodies of the babies killed in the infanticides for additional forensic evidence.
“The bodies have been under examination since the early hours of the morning. The process will take some time due to the bad conditions [of the bodies] in certain cases,” police told German news outlet The Local. “Results are not to be expected before early next week.”
Several reports say a couple with several children had lived in the apartment but recently separated.
Neighbors described the family as “nice people,” and one said the mother had mentioned having “several miscarriages,” according to The Local.
The mayor of the town, Jens Korn, said he knew the family who lived in the apartment, according to the Post.
“I am speechless,” Korn said. “We are a small, lively community with 2,800 inhabitants, who all know each other. We are very emotional over this and are asking ourselves, ‘Was there something we could have done? Could we have helped?’”