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Three Babies Found in German Freezer

Three Babies Found In German Freezer

The bodies of three babies have been found in a basement freezer in the town of Wenden, in western Germany. The woman believed to be the mother of the three, who also has three children aged 18 to 24 living at the house, has been arrested.

The three babies were not stillborn, though the cause of death and the infants' ages have not been released.

The babies appear to have died shortly after birth and were found in the freezer wrapped in plastic bags, according to the prosecutor's office.

Grimly, several similar cases have surfaced in Germany recently — including a woman jailed for killing her eight children and stuffing their bodies in flower pots. And two years ago, the body of a toddler was found in the fridge of his drug-addicted parents in the northern city of Bremen.

What's in the world is behind this sad news out of Germany? Do you consider stories like this, news? Does the media have a responsibility to report even the grisliest stories, or would you rather they stick to the less salacious? Is it a little of both?

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DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
:CRY: why?
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I guess I'm torn, too. The story is sad and brings to light the, albeit short, lives of three beings so that they at least didnt die unnoticed, yet on the other hand what does this story really accomplish? Is it supposed to deter other crazies from doing a similar thing, i.e. dont do this or we will find you? I have no idea. :?
pequeña pequeña 9 years
yesteryear, I don't know how much you know about German cuisine, but I'm gussing not so much, as you label it as disgusting. They have a quite rich diet in Germany, maybe it's no Mediterranian diet, but it is still quite healthy and complete. As to food refrigeration and safety... I don't know, but I'm guessing that someone who is hiding three dead children has other stuff to think about.
Meike Meike 9 years
It's fine for the media to report news like this but more often than not, the bulk of our news in every country is negative as if to say the only things newsworthy about our world is the bad news. There is some balance, I hope. Otherwise, if the news reflected all of the world's people, then 80% of us would be bad, crazy, and accident-prone people.
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
yesteryear, raw ground beef with onions is Steak tartare, that's not a German dish.
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
yesteryear and raciccarone: Oh great, national stereotypes... :OY:
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
"The three babies were not stillborn, though the cause of death and the infants' ages have not been released." That's because they don't know yet. This only happened this weekend. The family's 18-year-old son found the bodies on Saturday (the parents were away for the weekend) and he and his older sister confronted their parents about it when they returned on Sunday. The family then went to the police together.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
megnmac: i think the health department would give this a great big "F".
megnmac megnmac 9 years
ps - yesteryear, I did think of the food safety portion of my orientation, no blood in the food fridge. simple enough rule...
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I was having this conversation with a reporter the other day - he's been in the business for years and years, and said any crime involving an abused child used to be news... and now it seems just so common, that weekly I'm charging at least one new child crime and at some point he is having to decide which are 'news' and which are just typical everyday child crimes. It is sad. Because every one needs to be taken seriously, but we're all losing our shock and getting desensitized...
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'd rather not know. There's enough depressing stuff going on in the world.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
stiletta, actually i think the woman who did this needs to have her head examined. this is clearly mental illness. and to answer the broader question of whether or not these stories are newsworthy... not really. there are plenty of bizarre things that crazy people do every day that aren't worth reporting. just last week i saw a man sitting on a parkbench, pulling wadded up newspapers from his shoes and shoving them into his mouth. the world is crazy. period.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I'm torn, part of me thinks its important for news to be news and just be reported, but another part of me thinks I'd rather not know and I'd rather not encourage copycats...
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
This is a really sad story. I will never understand how someone could just shove their children in the freezer and just go on with their lives. It's just bizarre.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Can someone explain to me why at least once a week one of the sugar sites posts something disgusting during lunch on the east coast? Last week Casa posted something with a million bugs all over it (had trouble eating), and now putting babies in the freezer? Is Pop going to post about Speidi's boobs tomorrow during lunch?
stiletta stiletta 9 years
You two need to get your heads examined.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Yesteryear, you say what I think but are too afraid to voice. Thank you.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
the only thing this proves is that germans have no clue when it comes to food refrigeration and safety. you can't keep babies in the same freezer as schnitzel. we already knew their cuisine was disgusting (raw ground beef with onions??), and now this... what's next? i am really disappointed.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Oh, Jesus.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I might anger people but I hate it when postpartum depression is used as a defense in a trial. I'm like millions of mothers probably suffer from baby blues and sever depression but if they choose to not kill their children why should someone use that defense?
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I'm sad too duck duck. This is such a heartbreaking story.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 9 years
I'm so sad now.
syako syako 9 years
Well you also have to look at who is writing about it. This is a story from BBC, which, would make sense reporting about an incident in Germany. I did a Google news search, and basically only European papers are writing about this (with the exception of USA Today - but I think they sensationalize EVERYthing) and the AP did a wire story of it. So, yes, I think it is newsworthy in Germany and western Europe. And while disturbing, I don't necessarily think it's newsworthy in the U.S.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I agree Nyaradzom (that's a fingerful!). If this happened in Azerbaijan or Micronesia, I doubt anyone in the media would care.
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