A Swiss woman detained by Spanish authorities and taken to a hospital with her 10-month-old son allegedly cut the boy's throat with a hidden knife and killed him after receiving permission to give him a bath, Spain's Civil Guard said today.
Katharina Katit-Staheli, 40, was taken into custody with her son in Torrevieja on the Mediterranean coast yesterday by police acting on an arrest warrant issued by Zurich authorities.
The mother allegedly took her child suffering from a brain abnormality without authorisation from a specialist Swiss clinic.
Police said in a statement that the mother and child were taken to the Spanish hospital because the boy needed medical attention.
She asked permission from police to give him a bath, took a knife she had concealed in nappies and allegedly killed him, a Civil Guard spokesman said.
The woman then tried to kill herself but police prevented her from doing so, the statement said. She is said to be in a serious condition at the hospital.