Mother guilty of killing 4 newborns
The Hague - A Dutch court has sentenced a woman to the maximum 12 years' imprisonment for smothering her four babies - three girls and a boy - shortly after their birth.
The woman, identified only as Sietske H in line with Dutch privacy laws, was arrested last year after the babies' bodies were discovered in four suitcases in the attic of her house. They were born separately between 2003 and 2009.
The district court in Leeuwarden convicted her on Tuesday of one count of manslaughter and three counts of murder.
She claimed she did not want anyone to know she was pregnant and managed to conceal all four pregnancies, even from the father, before killing the newborns.
Judges said they imposed the maximum sentence "because the facts are so serious and shocking".