German police said on Friday they had found the bodies of eight babies in an apartment in the state of Bavaria, in what could be one of the country’s worst infanticide cases.
A 45-year-old woman believed to be the children’s mother was later arrested, along with a 55-year-old man, local police said.
Police in the small town of Wallenfels said they were alerted on Thursday by a resident who found an infant’s body in the apartment.
When officers arrived, they uncovered several other bodies, wrapped in hand towels and placed in plastic bags.
Forensic examinations of the corpses, police said, could take time “due to the poor condition” of some bodies, with no result expected before early next week.
The bodies were discovered locked in a disused sauna-turned-store cupboard, the spokeswoman said.
German daily newspaper Bild reported that a former resident of the apartment had lived there with her husband for 18 years, and that the couple had three children. But the woman also had four other children from other relationships, it said, adding that she had sought to hide her frequent pregnancies