The bodies of five children have been found in a private apartment in a large block of flats in the western German city of Solingen.
The Police say they suspect the 27-year-old mother of killing the children before attempting to take her own life at a train station in nearby Düsseldorf. The children are believed to be three girls aged 1, 2 and 3, and two boys aged 6 and 8 years old.
Police spokesman, Stefan Weiand said the children’s mother had been seriously injured after throwing herself in front of a train and is being treated in hospital under police guard.
A sixth child, reportedly an 11-year-old boy, is said to have survived. Police said they were hoping to learn more about the “incredibly tragic occurrence” after speaking with the mother.
The authorities have since managed to contact the children’s father.