From: pautrey on
Dutch mother arrested after baby remains found in suitcases
From: AFP
August 07, 2010 4:32AM

Read more:

A YOUNG Dutch mother has been arrested on suspicion of killing four of
her babies and hiding their remains in suitcases in an attic.

Police said they searched the 25-year-old woman's home in the village
of Nij Beets and found four suitcases, each containing the remains of
a baby.

Police chief Wim van Essen said an investigation was started after it
was reported to police that the woman had no children despite the fact
that she had been pregnant several times between 2002 and 2010.

The woman first told detectives she had given her children up for
adoption but could not show the documents to prove it.

She then told them she was "keeping them" in separate suitcases in the
attic, which led to the search of the house she lived at with her

Prosecuting official Annette Bronsvoort said initial investigations
showed that three of the suitcases contained the remains of babies.

In a statement issued about two hours after the press conference, the
prosecuting authority said the fourth suitcase was also found to
contain a baby's remains.

Further investigations "will have to determine the cause of death and
also answer the question whether the babies were dead at birth", she

The woman was brought before a judge, who ordered that she be held in
custody for 14 days pending further investigation.

Her parents, who claim they were unaware of their daughter's
pregnancies, were not considered suspects in the case, Mr Van Essen

Mayor Francisca Ravestein said the community was "very shocked" by the
events, adding: "There are so many questions."

Read more: