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Last Updated: Friday, 3 June, 2005, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Babies in freezer shock Austria
House searched by police in Graz
A couple are suspected of having murdered the babies
Four new-born babies have been found dead - two of them in a basement freezer - at an apartment complex in the southern Austrian city of Graz.

Police are questioning a woman aged 32 - believed to be the mother - and her 38-year-old partner.

The first body was found on Monday - reportedly when a tenant went to get an ice cream for his daughter. Later another body was found in the freezer.

The third and fourth were in a paint bucket and under a pile of debris.

Investigation

Sniffer dogs led police to the bucket, which had been filled with cement, and to the debris, which was in a garden shed.

The fourth body was found in a plastic bag on Friday at the residence, about 200 km (120 miles) south of Vienna.

Police are now trying to determine the cause of death in each case.

The woman, a bookkeeper, is reported to have admitted killing the babies in despair after giving birth.

The suspicious deaths are believed to have taken place over a period of three years.

Her partner is said to have denied knowing about her pregnancies. DNA tests have been ordered, to find out if he is the father.


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