Sunday, April 27, 2008

Woman 'bore 6 children' to her father

AN Austrian woman has claimed she was kept prisoner and abused by her father for 24 years in a basement dungeon in eastern Austria, where she bore him six children, Austrian police said.

The 42-year-old woman has been named by police as Elisabeth F and told authorities she had been abused by her father, now 73, since the age of 11.

She told police her father Joseph lured her into the basement of their house in the town of Amstetten in 1984, and drugged and handcuffed her before locking her up.

"She had been abused continuously during the 24-year-long imprisonment,'' the statement said.

"This led to six children.''

The woman said Joseph provided her and three of her children, who were locked up with her, with clothing and food.

His wife Rosemarie had not been aware of what was going on.

The case came to light when the oldest child named as Kerstin F fell severely ill and had to be taken to Amstetten hospital.

"A 19-year-old girl was dropped off at the Amstetten hospital last weekend,'' a police spokesman said.

"The girl is seriously ill and is fighting for her life. A search for the mother, who had disappeared, was launched to get more details about the girl.''

DNA samples of all the people involved have been taken and will be evaluated, police said.

The case is reminiscent of that of Austrian Natascha Kampusch, who spent eight year locked up in a windowless cell before dashing to freedom in August 2006.


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