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article imageSwiss woman kills kidnapped baby, attempts suicide in Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jan 24, 2014 in World
Torrevieja - Swiss national Katharina Katit-Stäheli lost custody of her 10-month-old, seriously ill son, Dylan. She then kidnapped him and went on the run. Police caught up with her in Spain and she allegedly killed her baby and then turned the knife on herself.
Baby Dylan was born with serious birth defects. Forty-year-old Katit-Stäheli lost custody of him back in December, when she refused to take him to hospital for urgent and necessary medical treatment.
She then kidnapped her son and went on the run and they have been missing since Christmas 2013. Swiss authorities called on Spanish police to help find the woman and her baby, offering a reward of 2500 euros to anyone who could provide information of their location.
She was tracked down to the southeastern Spanish town of Torrevieja, where police detained her at the Carrefour shopping center, after she was spotted there by a Spanish woman.
Dylan was found to be in good health, but mother and child were taken to the local hospital for a medical check up due to the reports of his serious illness.
While under police detention at the hospital, she managed to trick the police officers. Saying that she wanted to bathe him or change his diaper, she took the baby aside and killed him.
A police spokesman told the media, "She cut his neck with a kitchen knife and then cut her own neck. Her prognosis is serious. The injury to her neck is serious."
"She said she was going to bathe him or change his diaper. She took advantage of that moment to kill him," he added.
The spokesman continued that the policeman guarding Katit-Stäheli saw her make strange movements and immediately intervened. However, she had already cut the baby's throat and was attempting to cut her own. Due to the officer's intervention, her own cut was not too deep.
Katit-Stäheli then required immediate surgery at the hospital. It is unknown how Katit-Stäheli managed to get hold of the knife.
As at Thursday, the mother was still in a serious condition at the hospital. The Spanish Civil Guard have said they cannot give more information, as an investigating judge has placed a news black-out on the case.
Spanish local newspaper La Verdad reported that Katit-Stäheli was described as a staunch vegan and horse lover. She reportedly has no contact with Dylan's father and also an adult daughter from a previous marriage.
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