She cut the wrists of her then four-year-old son and inflicted injuries on one arm with a knife. Then she ran to a neighbor, thanks to whose help the child was saved at the last moment. The motive for the crime was “dissatisfaction with her life without a job and friends,” said the prosecutor.
“This is by far the scariest thing I’ve ever seen,” said judge Florian Farmer. The accused came to Austria because she finally wanted to free herself from her family in Slovakia. She worked as a geriatric nurse for a few years, in 2016 she moved to Graz, where she met an Afghan and had a child in 2017. She lived a completely withdrawn life and suffered from depression.
Child’s wrists cut open
In 2022 her boyfriend informed her that he would marry another woman and move to Upper Austria. On May 31, 2022, according to her own statements, she wanted to “complete everything”. She took a knife, went to her sleeping child and cut his wrists open. According to prosecutor Alexandra Ibler, the cuts were very deep. She then cut herself in a forearm. She carried the heavily bleeding child into the bathroom and placed it in the shower tray. “I’m cold,” the boy is said to have said. So she got his blanket and tucked him in.
Then she went to the neighbor and wanted to call her mother. The woman then called the rescue service, ran to the neighboring apartment and provided first aid to the heavily bleeding child. The boy was saved after a four-hour operation, the injuries left permanent damage to his hands. “The psychological injuries are just as bad,” emphasized the prosecutor.
No future seen
The accused said she saw no future for herself and the child. “I had a lot of problems and wanted to die,” she said. Bringing the child to her family was not a solution for her. “I wanted to die and take my son with me”. But after she had put the bleeding child in the bathroom, she went to the neighbor and wanted to call her mother, but there was initially no talk of rescue. “Why didn’t you want to die anymore? When your son was dying?”, the judge didn’t give up and stated that she hadn’t shown any remorse until now: “You never said that you were sorry,” he remarked chairman.
The boy’s partner and father decided not to testify.