A culturally enriched lovers’ quarrel in the town of Bretten in Baden-Württemberg ended with a knife attack and the death of the woman’s unborn child.
Many thanks to Hermes for translating this grim article from last week’s Pforzheimer Zeitung:
Pregnant 23-year-old stabbed — child is dead
Bretten — a 23-year-old pregnant woman suffered extremely serious injuries after being repeatedly stabbed. As a consequence of the attack, the woman lost her baby on Saturday morning.
After admission into the hospital, the child had to undergo a caesarean operation. However, the doctors could not save the baby’s life. The 23-year-old woman’s boyfriend is under strong suspicion; his whereabouts are unknown since the crime occurred.
According to an investigation conducted by the prosecutor’s office and detectives, a witness found the woman seriously injured on Saturday at about 7:25am in the stairwell of an apartment building in the residential area Hausertal in Bretten, and alerted the police. After first aid treatment had been given to the victim by the emergency team, and the admission into hospital, it was determined that the victim had multiple stab wounds on her upper body area, which according to initial findings, led to an oxygen deficiency, and ultimately to the death of the unborn baby. The child’s mother is also in grave danger. The alleged weapon was apparently a kitchen knife, which the authorities in charge have stored in a secure place.
While the exact sequence of events is still unclear, the possible motive could be related to disputes between the couple, who are of Turkish background. The authorities are currently investigating the reasons behind this crime, and meanwhile pressure is high in the search for the suspect, that is, the partner of the victim.
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