Croatia Octogenarian kills 2

2010-06-20 22:19

Zagreb - An 86-year-old woman on Sunday bludgeoned two other octogenarians to death who were living with her in a foster home in northern Croatia, police said.

The victims, aged 81 and 88, died after she dealt them several blows with an axe while they were asleep, a police spokesperson told AFP.

The crime occurred in the house of a foster family taking care of a dozen elderly women in the village of Praporcan, near the town of Cakovec.

The woman had been admitted to a Cakovec hospital early on Sunday after she complained that "she did not feel well", spokesperson Krunoslav Gosaric said.

The victims' bodies were later discovered by the foster home owner's daughter-in-law when she wanted to serve breakfast.

The suspect was detained, the spokesperson said adding that the murders were apparently committed in a "state of mental disorder".

The owner of the foster home told local media that the suspect had "behaved violently" in the past and that she had taken her to a psychiatrist on several occasions.