Mothers aren’t normally capable of harming their children, except perhaps for some corporal punishment. However, nothing compares to this mother in Germany, who brutally murdered her newborn babies and then stuffed them into bags which she then deep froze – for 14 years!
Now, 14 years later, she is going to jail for her crimes. Steffi Schmidt is 46 years old and will spend the next nine and a half years of her life in jail.
The coroner who studied the dead babies’ bodies deduced that one of them had been alive when it was mercilessly stuffed into the freezing unit. It was also deduced that the two babies – a boy and a girl – had been killed at different times; one had been in the freezer for 10 years, and the other for 14.
It’s not entirely clear what Steffi’s motivations were. The prosecution has not released details of her intentions but did fight to get her 10 years in jail, while the defense argued for 6.
Steffi blamed stress and ‘overwork’ for her crime, and seemed fully aware of what she had done. This vague statement is all she gave, and people following the case have not taken kindly to this justification. The disturbed mother also said she kept her babies’ bodies in the freezer because she could not bear to be separated from them.
“What I did is serious. I have to be punished for it,” she said, openly admitting to her crimes.
Her testimony is why prosecution had an easy time condemning her; she might have had a better chance if the defendant had been able to plead guilty of mental illness. However, it seems Steffi was in a completely sound mind when she butchered her own children.
Steffi’s chilling secret was quietly decomposing for 14 years. She would have gotten away with it if her new partner, who had just moved in with her, had not sounded the alarm. Police then stormed her home and found the two grisly bodies. The babies were found resting in tightly sealed plastic bags.
The court found out that Steffi first got pregnant in 2004. However, she kept this pregnancy hidden from everyone. She then gave birth to a healthy girl in her bathtub, immediately stuffed her into a plastic bag and then shoved her in the freezer.
An autopsy quickly revealed that the baby had died from hypothermia after being frozen alive. Four years later, Steffi gave birth again and did the same thing to her new baby boy. Surprisingly, she also has two older children who are alive and well.