Finnish police find 5 dead babies in basement

Finnish police say they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter after finding five dead babies in an apartment building.

AP Updated: Jun 04, 2014, 18:13 PM IST

Helsinki: Finnish police say they have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter after finding five dead babies in an apartment building.

Police in the western city of Oulu said in a statement they found the bodies, which appeared to be "almost fully grown fetuses ... In powerfully smelling packages," in a basement cupboard in the building after being alerted to the scene by house managers yesterday.

The statement released today said that during the investigation, a woman came forward saying she gave birth to the stillborn babies at home between five and 10 years earlier.

Police didn`t identify the woman, but said she has no criminal record and couldn`t give a clear explanation for her actions. Oulu police couldn`t immediately be reached for comment.