Mother jailed in Germany for killing four babies

Her estranged husband, Johann Goeppner, 55, was acquitted on charges of complicity for failing to stop the killings, which took place between 2003 and 2013.

Mother jailed in Germany for killing four babies

World Bulletin / News Desk

A woman on trial in one of Germany's worst infanticide cases was convicted Wednesday of killing four of her babies and handed a 14 year jail sentence.

Andrea Goeppner, 45, was found to have murdered the four newborns, whose remains were discovered wrapped in towels and plastic bags last year, in a case that has horrified the country.

Prosecutors at the regional court in the southern city of Coburg had demanded a life sentence for Andrea Goeppner, who was originally arrested on suspicion of killing up to eight of her babies.

Their bodies were uncovered at her home in the small Bavarian town of Wallenfels following a tipoff from a neighbour.

However prosecutors were unable to pursue murder charges for the other four infants, as one was found to have been stillborn and three were so badly decomposed that it was unclear whether they were viable at birth.

Defence lawyers had called for the charges to be reduced to involuntary manslaughter.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2016, 12:48