Five children aged from three to nine years old have been found killed in a house in northern Germany, police said Wednesday.
Police said that their mother was a suspect and had been sent to a psychiatric facility. The gruesome discovery was made in the town of Darry in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Few details were immediately available but police described the 31-year-old woman as mentally ill.
"As far as currently known, the motive is to be sought in the mother's mental illness," police said in a statement.
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