German woman jailed for killing five of her children
German woman Christiane k. jailed for killing five of her children
The bodies of her three daughters -- aged one, two and three -- and two sons aged six and eight were found lying on their beds, each wrapped in a towel, at the family flat in the city of Solingen.
The woman then attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of a train at Duesseldorf station, but she was rescued and did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Her sixth child, a boy who was 11 at the time, survived the grim ordeal because he was in school.
Judges at the court in Wuppertal in western Germany said the woman would not be eligible for parole for 15 years.
Prosecutors said Christiane K. acted out of anger after seeing a photo of her estranged husband with a new girlfriend.
She told him in an online chat he would never see his children again, according to prosecutors.
But investigators found no evidence to support the claim, and judges dismissed the defence's request for an acquittal.
Court-appointed psychological experts determined that the accused could be held criminally responsible for her actions.