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Police: Mother only suspect in freezer babies case

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  • Police say mother only suspect in case of three babies found in freezer
  • Their 44-year-old mother has been arrested, but her name not yet released
  • Police did not say how old the infants were, waiting on autopsy results
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BERLIN, Germany (CNN) -- Police discovered the bodies of three babies in a freezer of a single-family home in western Germany, and their mother is the only suspect in the case, authorities said Monday.

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Police fenced off the house in Wenden where the bodies of three dead babies were found in a freezer in the cellar.

The freezer was in the cellar of a house in the city of Wenden, and the babies appeared to have died shortly after birth, police said.

Police officials in North Rhein-Westphalia told reporters a woman turned up at a police station in Wenden to tell authorities about the corpses.

She admitted all three of the dead babies were her children, and said she "possibly" was the person who put the babies in the freezer. Video See the house where the bodies were found »

The woman is currently in psychiatric care and is being guarded by police, officials said.

The woman, 44, her husband, 47 and their three children, ages 24, 22, and 18, live in the home. One of the children found the corpses by chance when opening the freezer to look for food.

The child noticed the freezer was cluttered and decided it needed to be cleaned, then found the corpses wrapped in towels and newspapers and placed in three plastic bags buried under piles of items.

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One of the newspapers dated from December 1988, leading police to believe that was when that body was placed there. Officials said they did not believe the babies were triplets.

They said none of the five family members at the house purportedly ever noticed the woman was pregnant. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Frederik Pleitgen contributed to this report.

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