The bodies of five children were found in a home in Germany Wednesday and the mother, who fled with a sixth child, flung herself in front of a train, police said.
“The lifeless bodies were found in a private house on Hasselstrasse in Solingen,” a police spokesperson told Sky News 24.
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Police said the victims were aged 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 years old, respectively, Bild reported.
Authorities made the grisly discovery after receiving a call around 1:45 p.m. local time from the children’s grandmother that her 27-year-old daughter had killed the children and escaped with an 11-year-old.
“Unfortunately, this proved to be the case,” Weiand said. “At the moment, we assume that the 27-year-old mother was responsible.
“The mother threw herself in front of a train in Duesseldorf and is badly injured. At the moment she is being treated in hospital,” he added. “There is one more child that survived.”
The 11-year-old was unharmed and returned to the grandmother, the Mirror reported.
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Police are still trying to piece together what led to the incident. The causes of the deaths have not yet been determined.