Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
A woman who dumped her newborn baby in a waste container before heading to McDonald’s and then to buy coke has been given a 23-month suspended sentence.
The Oberland regional court in Thun, Switzerland, found Marion W. (name changed), 44, guilty of attempted infanticide on Thursday, 23rd June.
The court heard how the unemployed German woman had got pregnant in spring 2019 as the result of an affair while her partner was in prison in Germany.
She became aware of the pregnancy but hid it from both men.
It was between 6 and 7pm on 3rd January, 2020, that the defendant drove to a recycling centre forecourt in Daerstetten, Switzerland, to let her two dogs out for a run.
She was 35 to 36 weeks pregnant.
She was smoking a cigarette in her car when she suddenly felt stomach cramps. She gave birth on the spot.
She took the baby girl, cut the umbilical cord with a pair of scissors and then left her in a waste disposal room on the site in the bitter cold.
She then returned home, cleaned herself up and changed clothes so her partner, Klaus K. (name changed), would not notice anything.
At 9.09pm, the couple drove to McDonald’s in Spiez.
They then bought some items at a petrol station before returning home and then heading out a second time, this time to Muensingen, allegedly to buy coke.
By chance, farmer Paul Tschabold, 58, found the newborn in the waste disposal room early the following morning.
He found her wrapped in blankets inside a waste container full of empty coffee capsules.
According to the charge sheet read out on Tuesday, “death from hypothermia should have been imminent”.
But the newborn had a body temperature of 26.4 degrees Celsius and was still alive. She now lives with a foster family.
Defence lawyer Daniel Schuetz, 38, had insisted his client was going through a “very difficult situation” at the time.
He added: “She made a confession right at the beginning and regrets her actions.”
The defendant was present at the hearing via video link from her new home in Austria after having spent a short time in custody following the crime.
The court found her guilty of attempted infanticide and handed her a 23-month suspended sentence on Thursday.