After a dead girl and an injured boy were found in downtown Hanau, the boy also succumbed to his serious injuries. The investigators assume a homicide, as a spokeswoman for the Hanau public prosecutor’s office told the German Press Agency. A suspect is being searched for, but details of the man and what relationship he might have to the dead children were not initially known. According to the spokeswoman, there are indications of a family background to the crime.

Passers-by alerted the police at 7:25 a.m. after discovering the seriously injured boy in front of a high-rise building in downtown Hanau. When officers arrived, the boy was no longer responsive, police and prosecutors said. The dead girl was then found in the high-rise on the balcony of an apartment on the ninth floor. The emergency doctor could only determine the death of the child.

The boy was taken to the Hanau city hospital, where he succumbed to his serious injuries shortly afterwards. The two children should still be autopsied during the day, said the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office.

According to previous information, it should be the seven-year-old girl and the eleven-year-old boy who lived in the apartment, said the spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office. The identities of the children have not yet been determined. “Investigators from the public prosecutor’s office and the criminal police are assuming a homicide and are now concentrating on what happened in the house in the morning,” the statement said.

Police officers cordoned off the streets around the house with barrier tape and patrol cars. The police had a drone fly up to the ninth floor to photograph the crime scene from as many angles as possible. Bushes were removed in front of the house in search of traces. “In such an act, we run the full program,” said a police spokesman.

Neighbors would also be comprehensively questioned and traces secured, the spokeswoman said. With a view to the ongoing investigations, further findings could probably not be published until this Thursday, it said.

Mayor Claus Kaminsky (SPD) was shocked after the fact. “It’s a shock that’s going through the city again,” he told the “Bild” newspaper. “We now have to await further investigations by the police. Unfortunately, there’s a lot to be said for family drama.” Kaminsky continued, “I didn’t know the family personally, but what we do know is that they’ve had socio-educational support for a few months.”


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