turnhout - The 26-year-old Sophie H. from the Belgian Westerlo was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday because of the murder of her newborn baby. The baby died from asphyxiation because she lay down with her head down in the toilet bowl.
Sofie was at home only on 13 July 2014 when she gave birth to a girl. According to her, the fetus did not live at birth. However, autopsy showed that the baby was alive.
Eventually the girl breathed for about 6 to 12 minutes and swallowed after birth. The baby was eventually killed by suffocation. She lay down with her head in a toilet bowl.
According to the judge, there is sufficient evidence that Sophie H. killed her baby, according to Het Laatste Nieuws. 'The killing must not be active. This is a passive manslaughter. She did not act, to consciously let the victim die. '
Sophie had planned in advance to kill her baby. She had lied to her own partner about the number of months of pregnancy and had convinced him that the fetus had a life-threatening disorder.
'She became so entangled in her own lies that she had no other option than to let the baby die. Her decision was at least fixed at the moment she lifted the baby slightly, but then put it back in the toilet bowl in the same position ', according to the judge. According to experts there is an increased risk that Sofie H. will commit another crime.