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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.


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.

See the building where the babies were found


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