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Dead babies found in Berlin flat

Block of flats where the body parts of four babies were found, Berlin, Germany, 1 October 2009
The woman was reportedly nine months pregnant when she died

The remains of four babies have been found in a Berlin flat, more than two months after their mother apparently jumped to her death.

The bodies were found as the flat was being cleaned, police said.

The 46-year-old woman, who was nine months pregnant, plunged to her death from the 12th floor flat in July.

The babies' cause of death has not been released, but correspondents say this may be the latest in a number of high-profile infanticide cases in Germany.

Berlin police have launched a full investigation into the case.

Breakdown of values?

Police say a man who was cleaning out the apartment after the resident's death found the remains of the four babies.

The BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Berlin says preliminary autopsies have been carried out on the babies but so far the cause of death is unclear.

However, he says this appears to be the latest in a string of child killings that have shocked Germany in recent years.

The most notorious case was that of Sabine Hilschenz, who in 2006 was sent to prison for 15 years for the manslaughter of eight of her babies.

She had hidden their body parts in buckets, flower pots and in a fish tank.

The Hilschenz case stoked controversy in Germany, with politicians arguing over whether it symbolised the breakdown of family values in depressed areas of the country's formerly communist east.



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