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The German mother suspected of killing five of her own children had prevented her husband from trying to take his own life in April, it has emerged. 


The man's suicide attempt was stopped by 27-year-old Christiane K, who tried to end her own life jumping on railway tracks on Thursday after allegedly poisoning her five children.  


According to Bild, the man was the father of some of the younger children and his suicide attempt in late April drew the attention of police in the town of Solingen, but their offer of help was turned away. 


A neighbour told RTL that police and social services had been to the apartment block before and that the father had repeatedly been ordered out of the flat.  



Police are thought to have made contact with the father after the bodies of the five children were discovered on Thursday, while an elder 11-year-old child is being looked after by other relatives after allegedly witnessing his siblings' deaths.


His mother took him on a train to Duesseldorf where she got out and jumped on the tracks, but survived with serious injuries while the boy, Marcel, travelled on to his grandmother's house.  


The five dead children were three girls aged one, two and three, and two boys aged six and eight. 


According to Bild, Marcel's younger brothers were called Luca and Timo, while the three young daughters were Sophie, Leonie and Melina. 



Police have made contact with the children's father, it is believed, after forensic officers scoured the apartment building on Thursday afternoon. 


In 2014, the mother told her social media contacts that she had 'lost the love of her life' - before suffering a further personal crisis when her apartment burned down.  


However, the motive for the alleged killings is not known and police said it was too early to speak about it. 


One criminologist warned that possible warning signs might have gone unnoticed because of the pandemic and resulting lockdown.  



Police said they were alerted by the children's grandmother in nearby Moenchengladbach, who had recently been in contact with the mother.   


'We were informed shortly before 2pm that five children had died and this has unfortunately been confirmed,' police spokesman Stefan Weiand said.


'At the moment we believe that the 27-year-old mother appears to be responsible,' he added.   


The mother was not at the apartment when they arrived at the scene, they said. She is now in hospital but not yet in a fit state to speak to police.  


Asked about reports that medication was involved in the children's deaths, Weiand said: 'We are investigating in that direction.'  



Rescuers themselves were said to be traumatised by what they found in the building, and also shocked by the state of the flat. 


One report said that rescuers had tried to resuscitate the children but arrived too late to save their lives.  


Detectives are now awaiting the results of toxicological tests on the children, who did not have any visible injuries.     


After leaving the apartment, 11-year-old Marcel travelled with his mother to Duesseldorf and continued on alone to his grandmother in Moenchengladbach.


It is unclear whether he witnessed his mother's suicide attempt. 


The woman was rescued from between two track beds and taken to a local hospital for treatment, emergency services said. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Boy, 11, witnessed mother kill 5 brothers and sisters in Germany

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The German mother suspected of killing five of her own children had prevented her husband from trying to take his own life in April, it has emerged. 


The man's suicide attempt was stopped by 27-year-old Christiane K, who tried to end her own life jumping on railway tracks on Thursday after allegedly poisoning her five children.  


According to Bild, the man was the father of some of the younger children and his suicide attempt in late April drew the attention of police in the town of Solingen, but their offer of help was turned away. 


A neighbour told RTL that police and social services had been to the apartment block before and that the father had repeatedly been ordered out of the flat.  



Police are thought to have made contact with the father after the bodies of the five children were discovered on Thursday, while an elder 11-year-old child is being looked after by other relatives after allegedly witnessing his siblings' deaths.


His mother took him on a train to Duesseldorf where she got out and jumped on the tracks, but survived with serious injuries while the boy, Marcel, travelled on to his grandmother's house.  


The five dead children were three girls aged one, two and three, and two boys aged six and eight. 


According to Bild, Marcel's younger brothers were called Luca and Timo, while the three young daughters were Sophie, Leonie and Melina. 



Police have made contact with the children's father, it is believed, after forensic officers scoured the apartment building on Thursday afternoon. 


In 2014, the mother told her social media contacts that she had 'lost the love of her life' - before suffering a further personal crisis when her apartment burned down.  


However, the motive for the alleged killings is not known and police said it was too early to speak about it. 


One criminologist warned that possible warning signs might have gone unnoticed because of the pandemic and resulting lockdown.  



Police said they were alerted by the children's grandmother in nearby Moenchengladbach, who had recently been in contact with the mother.   


'We were informed shortly before 2pm that five children had died and this has unfortunately been confirmed,' police spokesman Stefan Weiand said.


'At the moment we believe that the 27-year-old mother appears to be responsible,' he added.   


The mother was not at the apartment when they arrived at the scene, they said. She is now in hospital but not yet in a fit state to speak to police.  


Asked about reports that medication was involved in the children's deaths, Weiand said: 'We are investigating in that direction.'  



Rescuers themselves were said to be traumatised by what they found in the building, and also shocked by the state of the flat. 


One report said that rescuers had tried to resuscitate the children but arrived too late to save their lives.  


Detectives are now awaiting the results of toxicological tests on the children, who did not have any visible injuries.     


After leaving the apartment, 11-year-old Marcel travelled with his mother to Duesseldorf and continued on alone to his grandmother in Moenchengladbach.


It is unclear whether he witnessed his mother's suicide attempt. 


The woman was rescued from between two track beds and taken to a local hospital for treatment, emergency services said. 


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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