A 27-year-old mother reportedly poisoned five of her six children in Germany on Thursday before attempting to take her own life by throwing herself in front of a train.
The mother, known locally as Christiane K., is still in serious condition after she threw herself onto the tracks of the Düsseldorf train station, 20 miles from the apartment in Solingen, where her three girls and two boys were dying.
Christiane K.'s sixth and oldest child, Marcel, 11, was uninjured and is said to have taken the train with his mother after the crime, but continued to drive to his grandmother's house when his mother got off.
The dead children are three girls aged one and a half, two and three years old and two boys, Luca (eight) and Timo (six). A police source told RTL that they had been poisoned with tablets.
Christiane K.'s sixth and oldest child, Marcel, 11, was uninjured and is now being looked after by his relatives (Photo: the mother kisses her oldest child)
A policewoman stands in front of the house in Solingen on Thursday evening
On Thursday evening, police officers investigate the scene in the apartment complex in Solingen
Rescue workers in front of the apartment block in Solingen, where five children were found dead in Germany today
An investigator in forensic equipment works on the balcony of the apartment building where a mother is suspected of killing her five children
Marcel is now being looked after by relatives, although police said they could not have contacted the children's father.
Marcel was on the train with his mother after the crime, local media reported, and drove on to his grandmother's house in Mönchengladbach when his mother got off in Düsseldorf.
There Christiane K. tried to kill herself at Düsseldorf Central Station before she was rescued from the tracks of the regional S-Bahn line.
Police said the children's grandmother made them aware of the tragedy at 2 p.m. and ambulances drove to the apartment in Solingen.
The rescuers themselves are said to have been traumatized by what they found in the building and shocked by the condition of the apartment.
One report said rescuers tried to resuscitate the children but were too late to save their lives.
It is not clear whether the surviving child witnessed what went on in the apartment.
Stefan Weiand, a police spokesman for the house, said it was a "tragic situation" and added that the mother was not yet able to be questioned.
“We assume that a crime has been committed. We can't say how and why that happened, ”he told the broadcaster WDR.
The bodies were discovered in a residential building in Solingen, 32 km from Cologne in western Germany
At the entrance of the apartment block in Solingen, police officers are behind tape
A police officer picks up a row of duct tape to allow an investigator in forensic equipment to enter the building
The German rail operator DB said there were closings in Düsseldorf because an emergency doctor was needed on the route.
The authorities in nearby Wuppertal are investigating the death of the children with dozens of officers and a fleet of emergency vehicles in front of the building.
Jürgen Hardt, a member of the German Bundestag, said he reacted "horrified" when he heard the news of the death of the children.
"I wish the emergency services and the police strength as they deal with the case, which will also affect them deeply," he said.
The German police found the bodies of five children in a building in the city of Solingen (picture, emergency vehicles in front of the house)
The balcony of an apartment in the Solingen block of flats, where rescue workers are said to be traumatized by what they found
A group of uniformed people is standing next to a police car in front of the apartment block in Solingen
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