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German police search for woman after seven dead babies found at a house

Police have said it is not clear how long the babies had been dead

Published 13/11/2015 | 10:58

A police car stands in front of a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies
A police car stands in front of a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies
A police investigator in protective cloth enter a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies

The bodies of seven dead babies have been found in an apartment in the southern German state of Bavaria.

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Police said they wanted to question a 45-year-old woman who was the previous tenant of the property.

A police car stands in front of a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies
A police car stands in front of a house in Wallenfels, southern Germany, Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2015 where police found bodies of multiple babies

Police said a local woman found the body of one baby at a flat in the Bavarian town of Wallenfels, near the Czech border, on Thursday afternoon and called the police emergency number.

Officers then found several more bodies in a room. The dpa news agency earlier reported that a doctor had found the dead babies.

Police and prosecutors now believe there were seven dead babies, police said in a statement.

The bodies are being examined by forensic experts, but the examinations "will take some time in view of their poor condition, in some cases" and results should not be expected before the beginning of next week, it added.

Authorities have so far been unable to find the property's former resident, a 45-year-old woman, but are questioning several other people.

It was unclear how long the babies had been dead or who, if anyone, was living there at the time of the discovery.

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