A Swiss woman has pled guilty to slitting her baby’s throat at Torrevieja Hospital in January 2014, on the opening day of her trial at the Alicante Provincial Court in Elche.
The plea came as part of a deal where she took 11 years behind bars, after prosecutors had initially called for a 17 year jail sentence on a count of homicide. The sentence was also reduced because it was accepted that she did suffer from a personality disorder.
44-year-old Katharina Katit-Staheli had disappeared from Zurich with baby Dylan Katit, who was ten months old, on Christmas Eve 2013, prompting authorities to put out a Europe-wide alert.
She did not believe in traditional medicine, and had kidnapped her son from a hospital where he was being treated for water on the brain.
She travelled by car through several countries until the Guardia Civil traced Ms Katit-Staheli to the Carrefour hypermarket next to the Habaneras Shopping Centre, after she was spotted by somebody who had recognised her photograph in the media.
She was taken to Torrevieja Hospital with her baby, because of the concerns about his health, but she had a knife in the nappy bag that she carried for her son.
Katit-Staheli then killed him, after being given permission to bathe the infant before doctors gave him a thorough medical examination. She then tried to take her own life by stabbing herself in the neck, and needed emergency surgery.