A couple have been charged with suffocating their four children moments after they were born and hiding their bodies in a stove and under a tree.
The pair, named only as Aleksandra J and Dawid W by Polish police, were arrested after neighbours reported seeing the woman pregnant four times but never seeing any children.
The bodies of the four babies were found by police on a farm in the village of Ciecierzyn in Opolskie Voivodeship in south-western Poland.
An investigation began after local residents told the police that the 27-year-old female suspect had been pregnant four times in the last five years but the babies had never been seen.
The house where Aleksandra J lived with her life partner Dawid W and the couple allegedly suffocated their four children to death moments after they were born
Aleksandra J is facing a life imprisonment after being charged with four counts of murder
Police officers then began searching the property owned by her and her partner, Dawid W, and are said to have found the bodies of three of the babies hidden in a stove and the remains of the other youngster buried under a tree.
Aleksandra J has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder whilst her 37-year-old partner was arrested and charged with four counts of accessory to murder.
According to the investigators, the couple’s alleged murders followed the same pattern.
Aleksandra J gave birth to children at home in the bath and reportedly raised one of her children, now six years old.
Immediately after the birth, she is alleged to have put her newborns into a plastic bag where they suffocated to death.
Dawid W being arrested by the police. He is accused of helping his partner, Aleksandra J, to suffocate their four babies with plastic bags
The house where the bodies of four babies were found by police on a farm in the village of Ciecierzyn in Opolskie Voivodeship in south-western Poland
Dawid W is alleged to have exerted psychological pressure on Aleksandra J not to report her pregnancies to the healthcare system as he did not want to have more children with her.
One of the neighbours told reporters: ‘I can’t say a bad word about her. She took care of her son, she was very social.
‘The child was well-dressed, nice looking. What happened under the roof of their home is terrible.’
When residents would ask Aleksandra J if she was pregnant, she is believed to have told them: ‘I just have problems with my stomach, I’m not pregnant.’
Both suspects face life in prison if they are found guilty. The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Dawid W as he was arrested by the police and charged with four counts of accessory to murder