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Two children die in Hanau. Police are launching a murder investigation. The search for the suspect continues.

  • Major police action in Hanau after finding two children: The girl (7) was already dead, the boy (11) died at the hospital.
  • Police assume a crime: A murder investigation has been launched. According to reports, the wanted father is.
  • According to media reports, the father must have announced the action: Mayor Kaminsky reports that the family had previously received “social-educational support”.

Update from Friday 13 May at 09:28: Following the deaths of two children in Hanau on Wednesday (May 11), the investigation into the crime is in full swing. The chase is underway, a police spokesman told the German press agency (dpa) on Friday morning (May 13). Investigated on suspicion of murder. According to reports, the suspect is the father of the two children – a seven-year-old girl and an eleven-year-old boy.

An acquaintance of the mother must have spoken to the newspaper Bild. In a speech to the newspaper, he said: “I have never seen children who are so afraid of their father.” According to the man, the mother lived alone with her two children in the apartment.

Father is said to have announced action – known says about children
A severed rose is lying on a high-rise on May 11, after police forensic scientists had cut flowers and shrubs off in front of it for a better search. © Frank Rumpenhorst / dpa

Dead children in Hanau: The father is said to have announced the deed – family problems in the city have long been known

+++ 17.14: Hanau police are still searching for the father of the two murdered children. He is under strong suspicion of having killed siblings. Meanwhile, the picture reports an alleged message about the action from the father. Therefore, the father announced that “something bad would happen”.

As the newspaper reports, the statement is said to have been made at a supervised meeting with social workers. After the gruesome scenes, Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky (SPD) spoke of the family having already “received social pedagogical support”. Months before the crime, the Hanau Youth Office had signs of family problems, which the city reported Thursday (May 12) at the request of the DPA.

Therefore, the family moved to Hanau at the turn of the year 2021/22. In mid-January, the Youth Office became aware of the problems. Immediately after this information, the youth welfare service approached the family and made offers, including social pedagogical family support. It was especially about support in dealing with authorities and in everyday life in family life. “The offer was accepted by the family,” the city said.

Dead children in Hanau: Autopsy results known – police are investigating murder

Update from Thursday 12 May at 11:39: Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of a girl and a boy in a multi-storey building on Römerstraße in Hanau. The children are siblings – a seven-year-old girl and an eleven-year-old boy, the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office told the German press agency.

The autopsy performed the day before revealed that the girl had died of injuries caused by “sharp force against the neck”. The boy died of several internal injuries after a fall from great heights. The reasons for the fall are part of the investigation, “which is being carried out on suspicion of murder,” the spokeswoman said.

Dead children in Hanau: the search for suspects is underway

Meanwhile, the search for a suspect and the forensic measures that began yesterday, Thursday, continued. According to reports, it was supposed to be the danger to the children, which was also reported by several media outlets. No one has been arrested, the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office said. She did not comment on the suspect’s identity. The day before, investigators had talked about a suspected family background to the crime. The sibling couple lived in the apartment where the crime took place.

After the violent deaths of two children, candles and flowers in the inner courtyard of a high-rise building in Hanau commemorate the victims.
After the violent deaths of two children, candles and flowers in the inner courtyard of a high-rise building in Hanau commemorate the victims. © dpa / Boris Roessler

According to the police, an important building block for clarifying the case could also be observations from passers-by or residents. Anyone who has seen an eye-catching person in connection with the crime should therefore contact Hanau’s criminal police on 06181 100-123.

Dead children in Hanau: The public prosecutor informed today about the autopsy

Update from Thursday 12 May at 9:43: Following the alleged violent death of two children in Hanau on Wednesday (May 11), investigations into the crime are underway. Police are still looking for a male suspect – investigators are assuming a family background.

But: The authorities initially did not want to disclose the relationship between the wanted and the 7-year-old girl and the 11-year-old boy. The public prosecutor wants to inform the public on Thursday (May 12) about the result of the autopsy.

Dead children in Hanau: Police suspect a murder

According to previous information, investigators are assuming a homicide. Passers-by alerted police Wednesday morning after discovering a seriously injured boy on the ground in front of the high-rise building, who later died at the hospital. Officers then found the lifeless girl on the balcony of an apartment on the ninth floor.

Police cordoned off the area around the skyscraper in the center, questioned neighbors and secured evidence. A drone was also used to take pictures. Removed bushes in front of the 11-story building to make it possible to search the area.

Hanau police operation: Two children (11 and 7) die – investigators suspect crimes

Update from Wednesday 11 May at 13:16: The bodies of the dead children from downtown Hanau are to be autopsied on Wednesday (May 11). This was announced by the police and the prosecution at noon. The boy (11) and the girl (7) were believed to have been victims of a crime in the morning. The first indications point to a family crime background according to the official information. The high-pressure search for a suspect is so far without success.

How the children died is still unclear. On Wednesday (May 11), passers-by found the seriously injured boy around 7.25 in a high-rise building on Römerstraße and alerted the police. The building has a total of eleven floors with a shop and café on the ground floor. On the balcony of an apartment on the ninth floor, the emergency services found the lifeless body of the girl. The emergency doctor could only determine the death, it said.

Two children are victims of an alleged homicide in Hanau.  Extensive investigations are underway on Wednesday (May 11).
Two children are victims of an alleged homicide in Hanau. Extensive investigations are underway on Wednesday (May 11). © Frank Rumpenhorst / dpa

Alleged homicide in Hanau: What happened “in the morning in the house”?

The boy was no longer responsive when officers arrived. He was taken to Hanau City Hospital, where he died a little later. The autopsy should now reveal more about the circumstances surrounding the children’s deaths. Investigators assume a homicide. According to a statement, they now want to focus on “what happened in the house in the morning”. The relationship between the suspect and the children initially remained open.

The children are said to have lived together in the apartment where the dead girl was found. The identity of the deceased is “not yet clear,” the attorney general said. According to a report in the newspaper Bild, they are siblings. The investigating authorities in Hanau will probably not publish further results on the case until Thursday (May 12). Traces are currently being secured and neighbors are being questioned.

In Hanau, the case caused a stir. Police officers blocked the streets around the house in downtown Hanau with barrier tape and patrol cars. Nevertheless, some spectators gathered. Meanwhile, police got a drone to fly over the house to photograph the crime scene. Shrubs were removed in front of the house. Numerous media houses reported nationwide.

Major police action in Hanau: two children died

Update from Wednesday 11 May at 11:35: After the deaths of two children from Hanau, investigators assume a homicide. It said a spokeswoman for the Hanau Public Prosecutor’s Office for the German press agency (dpa). She also confirmed that the boy, who was driven to the hospital on Wednesday morning (May 11) with serious injuries, also died.

Nothing is known about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the two children. A girl had been found dead on a balcony of the skyscraper in the center and the boy had been badly injured on the street. Police are looking for a suspect. According to information from this newspaper, murder investigators have arrived at the scene.

Two dead children in Hanau: evidence of family background

According to the Hanau Public Prosecutor’s Office, there is evidence of a family background to the crime. The dead are said to be a seven-year-old and an eleven-year-old who lived in the apartment on the balcony where the girl’s body was found. The newspaper Bild reports that it is about brother and sister. Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky told the tabloid that the family had “received socio-educational support for a few months”.

A major police operation is underway in Hanau on Wednesday morning (May 11).
A major police operation is underway in Hanau on Wednesday morning (May 11). © 5vision.media

Major police operation in Hanau: two children died

First report from Wednesday 11 May at 9:26: Hanau – In the middle of Hanau, there is a large police action on Wednesday morning (May 11). A seriously injured boy was found on the sidewalk in front of a high-rise building on Römerstraße around 7.20am, as a spokesman for the police in south-eastern Hesse confirmed. The child was taken to hospital and is said to have succumbed to his injuries.

The emergency services also found a dead girl on the balcony of an apartment on the ninth floor. No further details are known about the case.

Police could not say anything about the children’s age. Police and prosecutors are on the scene. The investigation is ongoing. Hanau police hope to be able to tell more about the background during the morning.

There was similarly tragic news from the greater Hanau area at the beginning of the year: In January, two children died in a residential building in Dettingen (Aschaffenburg district). Specialists discovered a very toxic substance there. (ag / juf / dpa)

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