Woman ‘imprisoned by mother for years’

An ambulance stands by the entrance to an apartment building on April 19, 2016 in RosenheimImage copyright

Image caption

The woman and her mother were taken to different hospitals

Police in southern Germany say a woman found by officers during an eviction may have been held captive by her mother for years.

The 26-year-old was found by chance in a locked room when officers entered a flat in the city of Rosenheim.

She was in a neglected state, a spokesman said.

Her 54-year-old mother threw herself down a stairwell in an apparent suicide attempt as police tried to enter the flat.

She was badly injured and taken to hospital, police said in a statement. The younger woman, who was described as “mentally disabled”, was taken to a specialist hospital.

“We believe that this is the tenant’s daughter, who was in a physically run-down state and who had lived in there for a long time, maybe even for years,” police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told local news site rosenheim24.de (in German).

The investigation is focusing on the possibility of unlawful imprisonment, the statement said.

A neighbour, who was not named, told the news site he had lived next door since 2003 but had never seen the younger woman.


comments powered by Disqus