Police charge mother suspected of murdering four children
Police have charged the woman assumed to be responsible for the most brutal child murder in modern Czech history. The 36-year-old is believed to have murdered all four of her children with a knife on Friday before making an unsuccessful attempt at suicide.
The degree of shock on the local residents is hard to contemplate, all the more so because no one knew anything about the new family, which had moved in to the village only days before the massacre. Olga Marshová is one of their neighbours:
The police have yet to provide a motive for the murders, and speculation abounds both in the national media and in the farmsteads and cottages of Široký Důl, as people try to make sense of the senseless. According to some, the couple was seemingly loving and normal in every way, looking forward to starting anew in a new home. The husband was the father of the youngest victim, while the other children were from a previous marriage; their biological father is reportedly in prison. Many have assumed a severe case of postpartum depression, with the mother having struck many as being particularly overwhelmed by her situation. Contrary to news reports, the children had not attended school when it opened on Thursday.
Further compounding a case that is, as such, impossible to understand is the strange behaviour of the husband, who reported the situation not by telephone, but by walking five kilometres to the nearest police station. Locals more than anyone are left with myriad feelings of horror and incomprehension, some of which are described by Jana Melíková, who lives across the street from the scene of the crime.
The suspect has recovered from her wounds and was taken into police custody on Monday. Reportedly she has shed no further light on her actions during questioning. She faces an extra-ordinary sentence of 20 years or more.