The mother, known as Christiane K., is said to have suffocated or strangled her five youngest children in her apartment in Solingen after seeing a photo of her husband with his new partner
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An angry mother was sentenced to life in prison for killing five of her children after seeing a photo of her husband with his new partner.
The 28-year-old, who is known by the name Christiane K., is said to have suffocated or strangled her five youngest children in her apartment in Solingen on September 3, 2020.
The Wuppertal district court heard that she drugged Melina, one, Leonie, two, Sophie, three, Timo, six, and eight-year-old Luca before either drowning them or suffocating them in the bathtub.
After committing the murders, she wrapped their bodies in towels and put them in their beds.
Their eldest son, who was 11 years old at the time, survived because he was away from home at the time.
Detectives claim she murdered her children after seeing the photo of her husband with a new partner by his side.
She sent her husband a message to tell him he would not see his children again until she committed the harrowing murders.
Christiane K. threw herself in front of a train in Düsseldorf Central Station to kill herself, but she survived.
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Psychiatric and psychological experts appointed by the court found no evidence that she was suffering from a serious mental disorder at the time.
The court heard that she claimed a stranger broke into her home, handcuffed her, and forced her to type the chat messages on her husband before killing her children.
The court heard more than 40 witnesses during the 20-day trial before Christiane K. was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Her surviving son is said to be in the care of his grandmother.