Newborn baby survives mother’s attempt to strangle her, mother sentenced to five years

By Dave Andrusko

The 24-year-old, identified only as Soraya Y., had flown into Munich airport (pictured) from Dubai on July 30 last year when she gave birth in the airport toilet.

The 24-year-old, identified only as Soraya Y., had flown into Munich airport (pictured) from Dubai on July 30 last year when she gave birth in the airport toilet.

A mother, whose newborn baby girl miraculously survived her mother’s attempt to strangle her using the baby’s umbilical cord, has been sentenced to five years in jail.

After the woman, identified only as Soraya Y. delivered the baby in a Munich airport toilet last July, she attempted to flush the child down the toilet, thinking she was dead.

But as the Daily Mail’s Imogene Calderwood explained, incredibly, “[T]he baby girl reportedly became wedged in the pipe, and was discovered to still be alive by a member of the public some five minutes later.”

By the time the child was freed and taken to hospital at a specialist infant clinic in Munich, her body temperature had fallen to just 26 degrees.

Despite the traumatic birth, doctors managed to bring her back to health and she is now living with foster parents.

Charged with the attempted murder of a newborn, the woman, from Heidenheim in Baden-Wuerttemberg, pleaded not guilty to the charges. She “told the court that she could simply not accept that she had given birth,” Calderwood reported.

But “Instead of being honest and admitting what had happened, she has presented to this court four different versions of what happened,” Prosecutor Klaus Kurtz told the court. “This includes the absolute pinnacle of her lies, which was to say that she didn’t notice she had given birth.”

Kurtz added, “’Surely the respect she owed to her newborn child should have meant she at least would now admit what had happened.”

According to Calderwood, “Medics said they have not been able to rule out whether or not the child will suffer complications in later life.”

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