Five children were found dead in Germany today after their mother allegedly killed them before trying to take her own life. The bodies were discovered at an apartment building in Solingen, 20 miles from Cologne in western Germany.
According to Bild, a 27-year-old mother is suspected of killing five of her children before jumping in front of a train but surviving with serious injuries. The five dead children were said to be one, two, three, six and eight years old, while an 11-year-old was uninjured. Emergency personnel were called to the house on Thursday afternoon, apparently by the children’s grandmother.
One report said that rescuers had tried to resuscitate the children but arrived too late to save their lives.The mother is believed to have jumped on the tracks at the central station in Duesseldorf, 20 miles from Solingen, but survived and is now in hospital.
German railway operator DB said there were track closures in Duesseldorf because an emergency doctor had been needed on the track.
Authorities in nearby Wuppertal are investigating the children’s deaths, according to German media, with dozens of officers and a fleet of emergency vehicles outside the building.
Police say further details will be revealed later today, but how the children died is not yet known. The mother is said to be in hospital.
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