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Swiss mother kills son in Spain hospital

24 January 2014, 06:52

Madrid - A Swiss woman detained by Spanish authorities and taken to a hospital with her 10-month-old son allegedly cut the boy's throat with a hidden knife and killed him after receiving permission to give him a bath, Spain's Civil Guard said on Thursday.

Katharina Katit-Staheli, aged 40, was taken into custody on Wednesday with her son in Torrevieja on the Mediterranean coast by police acting on an arrest warrant issued by Zurich authorities. The mother allegedly took her child suffering from a brain abnormality without authorisation from a specialist Swiss clinic.

Police said in a statement that the mother and child were taken to the Spanish hospital because the boy needed medical attention.

She asked permission from police to give him a bath, took a knife she had concealed in diapers and allegedly killed him, a Civil Guard spokesperson said on condition of anonymity in keeping with the agency's policy.

The woman then tried to kill herself but police prevented her from doing so, the statement said. Katit-Staheli was in serious condition at the hospital.

- AP


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