Prosecutor sure: mother suffocated her two sons


Herne (NRW) – Did she keep the darkest secret of all for ten years – a double murder of her own children?

Investigators arrested mother Jessica E. (33) from Herne in the Ruhr area on Tuesday. The accusation: She is said to have suffocated two of her sons!

The mother was arrested in her Herner apartment

Photo: Alex Talash

The incredible case goes back to 2011: Jessica E. gave birth to her first son in October 2010 at the age of 21. The second son followed in September 2011.

She was obviously overwhelmed by the situation, because in November 2011 she is said to have suffocated her second child (2.5 months) and in May 2012 her first son (19 months) with a pillow.

Details of the case were given at a press conference on Wednesday: Stefanie Lienemann, head of the investigative team at the Bochum police headquarters, and Dietrich Streßig from the public prosecutor's office

Details of the case were given at a press conference on Wednesday: Stefanie Lienemann, head of the investigative team at the Bochum police headquarters, and Dietrich Streßig from the public prosecutor’s office

Photo: ALEX TALASH

But initially no suspicion fell on the young mother. Both children were autopsied, but nothing unusual could be found. Jessica E. called an ambulance after the crime and claimed that her children suddenly stopped breathing.

“No traces of fiber were found in the children’s lungs because the first child had a pacifier in its mouth and the second was ventilated in the clinic ten days before it died,” says Chief Inspector Stefanie Lienemann.

Jessica E. is said to have tried to suffocate her third son (then 32 months) in April 2018, again with a pillow. But she stopped the act and called an ambulance.

A treating pediatrician was taken aback because the mother told her about the two deceased sons and because the woman seemed very emotionless to her. The doctor put the police and the public prosecutor on the track!

If convicted, Jessica E. faces life imprisonment with particular severity of guilt.

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