The Associated Press
reports police have been investigating the case, since 2006 when the infant's body was found near the northern city of Flensburg. In 2007, a second body was found, wrapped in a plastic bag, in a parking area off a highway.
Police say she turned herself in and confessed to killing the children after taking a DNA sample. Police say the babies were born alive, and say she admitted killing three of her other newborns as well. She has been charged with five counts of manslaughter.
the woman admitted she stashed the bodies of the other three newborns in her cellar.
At a news conference today, police spokesman Dirk Czarnetzki says
, "It is important to stress that no one else was involved in these acts, no one knew about the pregnancies or the birth of these children."
The woman is married with two children, aged 8 and 10 and German prosecutor Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt says
she killed the babies because her husband didn't want to have any more children. "She was worried that he would leave her if he found out about (the other births) because he did not want to have any more children." "She felt she had nowhere else to turn."
The woman's husband is described as, "completely devastated," and is now receiving counselling.
In 2006, another case of infanticide
shocked the German public when a woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies between 1988 and 1998. They were buried in flower pots, an aquarium and a baby bath, in her parent's garden near the German-Poland border.