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Polish baby dies after being thrown from window

Polish newborn dies after being thrown from window


WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A newborn baby girl died after being thrown from a third-story window in the Polish capital, apparently by a drunken relative, police said Tuesday.

The baby was found Monday night, with the umbilical cord still attached, on the sidewalk beneath her family's apartment block in Warsaw's gritty Praga district, police spokeswoman Monika Brodowska said.

Rescuers rushed the baby to the hospital with multiple injuries, but she died soon after, she added.

Police established that the girl had been thrown from a third-floor apartment, but the occupants refused to let them in. Firefighters were called to help officers get in from the balcony, Brodowska said.

Brodowska said officers found a 34-year-old woman in the apartment, identified as Aneta W. Her "state of health signaled that she had just given birth."

The woman was taken to a hospital. The other two people in the apartment — the woman's mother, Lidia L., and husband, Zbigniew W., 40, were both detained.

They were not identified by last name, in keeping with Polish privacy laws.

The death is being treated as a murder, said Renata Mazur, a spokeswoman for regional prosecutors.

All three adults had large amounts of alcohol in their blood and prosecutors are waiting for them to sober up before questioning them to determine who threw the child out the window, Mazur and Brodowska said.

Associated Press

Re: Polish baby dies after being thrown from window

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The father of a newborn who died after being thrown from a third-story window has pleaded guilty to a charge of murder, an official said Wednesday.

Prosecutors in Warsaw charged the girl's 40-year-old father with murder two days after the baby was found on the sidewalk beneath her family's apartment block in the Polish capital, said Renata Mazur, a spokeswoman for prosecutors. Rescuers rushed the baby to the hospital with multiple injuries but she died soon after.

Mazur said the father pleaded guilty to the murder charge and said he had been heavily intoxicated at the time the baby was tossed out the window.

The baby's mother and grandmother, both of whom where in the apartment during the incident, were not charged, Mazur said.