Mother in court for abandoning her newborn

In January 2020, a woman abandons her newborn at a waste disposal yard in Darstetten PE. The public prosecutor requests a suspended sentence.

06/21/2022, 11:46 am06/21/2022, 15:15

A 44-year-old woman will be given a partially suspended prison sentence for attempting to murder children in the Bernese Oberland. The plaintiff made the request on Tuesday before the regional court in Thun.

The Public Prosecutor considered that the mother had been found guilty of attempted infanticide. The woman acted blatantly selfish when she put the baby in a dumpster in Darstetten Bay on a cold winter’s night. I accepted the death of the little one.

The prosecutor concluded that there could have been several alternatives, such as the infant hatch. The prosecutor described the fact that the woman trusted that the child would be quickly found at the waste disposal yard as a precautionary claim.

Instead, the accused wanted to hide the pregnancy from an affair with another man from her partner and get rid of the child. The woman has shown no real remorse to this day.

Immediately after giving birth, the woman and her partner went to buy drugs as if nothing had happened. During the night, I drove several times by the garbage disposal yard and did not take care of the baby.

The child’s lawyer described the woman’s behavior as “great oppression”. Even in court on Tuesday, the accused tried to convince everyone that she had not noticed anything from conception to birth.

The prosecutor eventually requested 32 months in prison, 16 of which were unconditional. The conditional sentence of 16 months is subject to a four-year probationary period. In addition, the court must declare the expulsion of German citizens for a period of five years. Finally, women for drug offenses should also be punished with a fine and a fine. The child’s lawyer demanded compensation of 15,000 francs.

took responsibility

The defense attorney painted a different picture for his client. He stressed that it did not shirk responsibility. After the birth, the woman wrapped the baby in blankets and took her to a place she knew people would be passing by in the evening.

So his client cannot be accused of trying to kill children. Precautions were taken to ensure the survival of the child. Of course, the defense attorney admitted that his client had made mistakes. You fail to inform the ambulance or anyone else about the abandoned child, for example.

Instead, she acted on the principle of hope, thus exposing the newborn to great danger. So his client is guilty of commenting. The defense lawyer requested an eight-month suspended sentence. He also faces a conditional fine and a fine for drug-related offenses. The maximum satisfaction of the child should be 5,000 francs.

No explanation

The accused protested in tears in court on Tuesday that she had not noticed anything about the pregnancy until delivery. Only when asked did she admit that she probably didn’t want to admit to being pregnant either.

The woman emphasized that she could not explain her behavior. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” she said. “If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have put the baby in the disposal yard.”

The woman emphasized several times that she did not want the child to die. She is happy to find the little boy and he survived.

The woman gave birth spontaneously on January 3, 2020 in Simme in the Weissenburg-Därstetten region. I cut the umbilical cord with scissors from the pharmacy. She then wrapped the newborn in blankets and placed it in a cardboard box at a nearby municipal waste disposal facility.

The hyperthermic baby was not found by chance until the next morning. He was on the verge of death, investigators wrote in a report. Today the child lives with a foster family.

According to the child’s lawyer, contact with the newborn mother is very difficult. This woman who comes from Germany already has many children, none of whom live with her. (sda)

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