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#Infant Deaths

# infant-deaths - Tuesday 23 May, 2017

HSE review of maternity complaints finds patients not treated with dignity or respect

Health Minister Simon Harris said it is ‘regretted’ that it took such a long time for families to be heard on their babies’ deaths.

# infant-deaths - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Almost 500 unclaimed infant bodies were sent to anatomy departments from 1940-65

The handing over of infant remains was legal under the Anatomy Act 1832 so as to provide “legal cadavers” for medical research.

# infant-deaths - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Government reminded local authorities of their obligation to report infant deaths in mother and baby homes in 1946

Maternity homes that did not notify the authorities were liable to be fined up to ten pounds.

# infant-deaths - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Dutch woman arrested after three dead infants found

Police trying to establish relationship between woman and babies.

# infant-deaths - Monday 9 August, 2010

A 25-YEAR-OLD WOMAN in the Netherlands has confessed to giving birth to four babies, and then placing them in a suitcase.The bodies were then stored in the house the woman shares with her parents in Nij Beets, a rural town.

Dutch police said yesterday that they were concentrating on finding the father, or fathers, of the infants. The woman was arrested last week, but has not been charged.

Authorities believe the babies were born between 2002 and 2010. Forensic examinations of the remains to determine the cause and dates of death are being carried out.

Police found the bodies after being tipped off by the woman’s neighbour about her suspicious pregnancies. When questioned by police before the search, the woman said she had given birth to three babies but they had all been adopted. However, she was unable to produce evidence of the adoptions.

The woman’s parents are not believed to have known anything of the babies. The house remains sealed off.

# infant-deaths - Friday 6 August, 2010

A 25-YEAR-OLD Dutch woman has been arrested after the bodies of four infants were found in the attic of her home in a rural town in the Netherlands.

Police searched the woman’s home in Nij Beets in the Friesland province of the country after a tip off from a neighbour. Suspicions had been raised when the woman appeared to be pregnant but then never seemed to have given birth.

Police found four suitcases in the attic of the house the woman shared with her parents. Police immediately identified the bodies of three infants in three of the suitcases; a forth body was later confirmed to be in the remaining suitcase.

It has not been established if the babies were alive when they were born. Police believe that the births took place between 2002 and 2010.

The woman’s parents are not thought to have had any knowledge about the pregnancies or the births.

At a press conference, police commissioner Wim van Essen said that the woman “Could not give a plausible explanation over the pregnancies and the babies that were born. She was then arrested on August 4th in consultation with the public prosecution as a suspect and a search was conducted in the parental home.”

A Dutch woman who drowned four of her newborn children was jailed and required to undergo psychological treatment in 2006.

The cases echoes that of French woman Dominique Cottrez, who last month confessed to suffocating eight of her newborn babies.

Similarly, the high-profile trials of Frenchwomen Céline Lesage in 2007 and Véronique Courjault in 2010 found that the women had killed their newborns.

The women were suspected of suffering from a psychological illness called pregnancy denial.

# infant-deaths - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

A FRENCH COUPLE has been arrested after police found the bodies of eight newborn babies at two premises in France. The couple, in their mid-40s, are believed to be the parents of the dead babies, which were found in Villers-au-Tertre, near Lille.  Neighbours said the new owners of one property had contacted the police after discovering bones.

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