Allegedly, the mother wanted to go the next day with your boys to the doctor. Since the five-year-old Nico was dead, in the night died of a Bowel obstruction.

Before the Aachen regional court has begun the trial of the 34 and 35 year old parents. The prosecution accuses the father and the mother injury or death.

Even if the parents were silent on the first day of the trial, was a suffering of the young, on a different level. “That was a pathetic image. The child was malnourished, neglected, toenails deformed and the finger nails dirty,” told a police officer his first impression of the dead boy.

for his age, as a small and meager described Nico had suffered according to the public Prosecutor’s office already earlier, under constipation. At the beginning of November 2017 there was, therefore, but especially bad. The child had according to the prosecution, significant pain and vomited. With a minimal intervention could have saved the life of the child, noted the indictment.

In a first interrogation with the police the mother described this acute disease situation as not so bad: you have given the boys a from the child’s doctor prescribed bowel medication, then was quiet. On the Morning of his death day of the young morning had not been so uncomfortable that he went into the nursery, as set out by the court picked the interrogation Protocol.

after the dinner, “he said, that he was in pain, a bit of a belly,” said the mother to the police. The father went to sleep early also the older sister of Nico. The mother stayed with the sick child on the Sofa and watched television. The Boy was, according to her police statement, quiet. “The Boy has twisted and turned in pain. Have you not wondered?”, the policeman asked, according to the Protocol. You have given him before a pain reliever for children, said the mother.

A child, you see is not necessarily how bad he is, said the spokesman for the professional Association of child and youth doctors, Hermann-Josef Kahl, at the request of the German press Agency. If children pain reliever – fever suppositories – get, then the pain decreased and the child action is then no longer so clear. Then the Situation had to be judged even harder for parents. Rather too much to the doctor, he advised.

Allegedly, the mother in the night to use the toilet was, and when she came back, haven’t breathed the Boy, as you testified in the previous hearing. As the paramedics fought on the way to the hospital to have the life of the young, was already rigor Mortis.

At the autopsy, the court found a physician traces of a painkiller for adults, by the drug amphetamine, and the active ingredient of a medicament of the older daughter. The mother and the drug-using father had, according to the interrogation log, no explanation. In the case of the apartment search warrant for drugs, the officers met a mess: “What I saw was indescribable, ( … ) Chaos is an understatement. The would have needed help,” said a police officer.

A neighbor intervened. His cry for help to the pediatrician by Nico sanded. “The neighbor said, Nico had been very neglected. The Young wines often, because he could not go to the toilet,” said the office hours assistant in court. The doctor took according to information in the court of law.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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