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German police probe child deaths
The garden of the house in Darry where children were found
The mother in the Darry case is reported to be mentally ill
Two mothers have been detained in Germany on suspicion of killing their eight young children, in two separate cases that have shocked the nation.

The bodies of five boys aged between three and nine were found at a house in the northern village of Darry. Their mother, 31, is now in psychiatric care.

Earlier, a woman aged 28 was held after the bodies of her three baby girls were found in eastern Germany.

She is suspected of having killed them shortly after they were born.

The bodies of the girls, born between 2002 and 2005, were discovered at two flats belonging to relatives of the woman in the town of Plauen. She denies killing the girls.

Autopsies

In the Darry case, police said the five boys had suffered "violent" deaths.

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"As far as currently known, the motive is to be sought in the mother's mental illness," police in the state of Schleswig-Holstein said.

It is believed the mother gave the boys sleeping pills and then suffocated them with plastic bags.

The woman is now at a psychiatric facility as police continue their search for evidence.

In the Plauen case, the baby girls' bodies were found wrapped in plastic in a suitcase, on a balcony and in a freezer.

Autopsies are being carried out to establish the exact causes of death.

"It is highly improbable that they all died of natural causes directly after birth," said Bernd Vogel, a prosecutor in the eastern state of Saxony, quoted by the AFP news agency.

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