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German Woman on Trial in Deaths of Babies

FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, Germany - A woman accused of killing nine of her newborn babies went on trial Thursday in a bizarre case that shocked Germany.

Police arrested Sabine Hilschinz after discovering the remains of the nine infants in July buried in flower pots and a fish tank in the garden of her parents' home in a village in eastern Germany near the Polish border.

Hilschinz, 40, appeared Thursday before a state court where she faces eight charges of manslaughter. She could be jailed for up to 15 years if convicted. The statute of limitations had run out in the death of a ninth child.

The court earlier dropped murder charges against Hilschinz, arguing there was insufficient evidence that she had intended to hide her alleged crime, a key element of murder under German law.

Defense lawyer Matthias Schoeneburg told the court his client wished to make no statement. Presiding Judge Matthias Fuchs instead read out an account of her testimony at a hearing after her arrest.

Hilschinz told a judge last August that she could clearly remember only two of the births because she was drunk when she went into labor with the other seven.

"We already had three children, and my husband didn't want any more children," she said, according to the transcript.

She said she had drowned her sorrow over the babies' deaths in more alcohol and had not had herself sterilized because she feared a gynecologist would notice traces of the births.

Prosecutors say DNA tests prove that the children, who are all believed to have died shortly after birth between 1988 and 1998, belonged to Hilschinz and her former husband.

Hilschinz, who was led into the courtroom in handcuffs and looked straight ahead for much of the session, listened calmly as the transcript was read out.

Her 43-year-old ex-husband was called as a witness, but the former officer with East Germany's secret police also refused to testify.

According to prosecutors, the woman wrapped the corpses in plastic bags and buried them in the flower pots, which initially were kept on the balcony of her apartment.

It remains unclear how the pregnancies went unnoticed by family members and friends. Hilschinz has three adult children and one young daughter.

By SVEN KAESTNER, Associated Press Writer

Back to the point I made a while ago on here, why are the penalties for murdering children so small?

Hilschinz, 40, appeared Thursday before a state court where she faces eight charges of manslaughter. She could be jailed for up to 15 years if convicted. The statute of limitations had run out in the death of a ninth child.

That's not even 2 years per child! They treat it like they are nothing until they are named. She still killed - I don't care if they were newborn or 30yrs old. I don't care if it was her children or some country's leader. She killed. 9 times. Knowingly. Alcohol isn't an excuse.

She should be sterilized. She should not be allowed near children.

9 children. If it wasn't newborns, if they weren't hers... she's be classified a serial killer. She'd be a mass murderer. Well she still is. She still killed 9 people.
It is a unfortunate decision

The fact is also that people comitting crimes and invloved in scams worth billions of dollars get a max of 15 years in prison
it is disheartening
Wow, That's ridiculous, People can get sent for up to 20 Years for Tax Evasion but yet someone gets away with 15 years for mass murder.
what the heck is this world comming to? that person should get life without paroll.
I am a parent, but I will curb my tongue here...this woman should be sent to prison for the rest of her parole, no time off for good behavior. What she did was obscene.

I agree totally, the law that would send this woman to prison for such a short time then permit her to go free at any time is indeed disheartening. Her children didn't get such a break.
Well what about this.
In Indonesia maximum penalty for murder is 15 years.
Maximum penalty for posessing an illegal firearm is life.

So if someone gets arrested for posessing an illegal firearm they might as well shoot the policeman cause it's a lesser crime.

Is that crazy or what?
Wow, that's really true? Guess lawmakers everywhere aren't competent at all.
Unbelievable. I just don't get how can a mother kill her own babies, 9 of them ! why not use a freaking condom I think her former husband should be given a prison term too. How could he didn't notice her pregnancy for 9 times and if he know what did he to ? Both of them should be sent to prison.
I believe that this is unjust. 15 years in prison for killing 9 babies is a light sentence. The reason that there was not enough proof that she tried to hide the crime is not a good excuse. The fact that she hid the bodies showed that she tried to hide the crime. She should get a much higher sentence. If the children were older, there would be a much higher chance that she would be charged for murder instead. The law should do more to ensure equality to all. Human Rights organizations should intervene by speaking out for the children who died.
Well from a devil's advocate point of view, she won't be able to have babies any more. Or we hope so any way, as she may be able to get out before the 15 years are up. I feel a little sorry for the woman as she must have been living in a surreal hellish state for a very long while. She obviously needs major counseling. Wonder what's going to happen to her other children, particularly the younger daughter. Has to be hell on earth for them all round.

BTW - this happened in 2006 .... so she must be in the seventh year of her jail sentence.
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