Swiss woman, wanted in killing of baby, is in custody in Spain

Feb. 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM
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VALENCIA, Spain, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A woman accused of kidnapping her baby from a Swiss hospital and then killing him and attempting suicide was jailed in Spain Wednesday.

Katharina Katit-Staheli, 40, was ordered jailed after she testified at the High Court for Spain's Valencia region, the news website Think Spain reported Wednesday, adding a gag order was placed on all facets of the case by the court.

Katit-Staheli allegedly took her 10-month-old son Dylan from a Zurich, Switzerland, hospital, where he was being treated for hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain. She was arrested in a supermarket in Spain and taken in handcuffs with her baby to a Torrevieja, Spain, hospital so the child could be treated for hydrocephalus.

At the hospital, she received permission to change the baby's diaper and killed the boy in a locked bathroom with a concealed knife, police allege. She attempted suicide in the bathroom with the same knife by cutting her jugular vein, Think Spain said.

At the court hearing, Judge Natalia Martinez called for Katit-Staheli to be held pending a trial.

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