Mother tries to dump baby girl in sewer

A mother in the city of Mazzarino, western Sicily, has been arrested after she was caught by police allegedly trying to kill her ten-month-old daughter by dumping her in a sewer.

Mother tries to dump baby girl in sewer
The woman allegedly tried to dump the child in an inspection well of a sewage plant in the city. File photo: Dominic's pics/Flickr

The mother, who is originally from the town of Riesi, told investigators she was distraught both by the breakdown of her marriage and a relationship with another man, with whom she had had a child ten months ago.

Her failed relationships with these men caused her to fall into a “deep depression”, according to Corriere del Mezzogiorno.

Her husband, a farm labourer, reluctantly agreed to stay with her and help raise the child, who became the source of constant arguments between the couple.

Then, three months ago, the woman decided to go and live with her lover with whom she also had a troubled relationship.

Apparently unable to cope with the breakdown of her relationships, the woman, a 43-year-old housewife, decided to end both her and the baby’s life.

On a Sunday evening the woman then made her way to an inspection well of a sewage plant in the city where many eyewitnesses reported seeing a woman crying and screaming with a baby in her arms. 

Alarmed by her behaviour, the woman’s lover, 47, followed her and alerted the police who arrested her in time.

The woman is now under house arrest and faces charges of aggravated murder. Her daughter has now been taken into care. 

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New York returns 214 stolen artworks to Italy in seven months

Authorities in New York announced on Thursday the return to Italy of 14 more antiquities, worth an estimated €2.3 million, as part of an investigation into smuggling of stolen artifacts.

New York returns 214 stolen artworks to Italy in seven months

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has been conducting an extensive investigation over the past two years into looted antiquities that have ended up in New York museums and galleries — including the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art.

During a ceremony on Thursday with the Italian consul general and Italian police representatives, 14 more artifacts – some 2,600 years old – were officially returned to Italy, bringing the total number of repatriated pieces to that country over the past seven months to 214, District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office said.

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More than 700 pieces worth more than $100 million have been returned in the past year to 17 countries, including Italy as well as Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, and Greece, the statement added.

New York, a hub of stolen antiquities trafficking for decades, set up a task force in 2017 to investigate the illicit trade.

According to the statement by District Attorney Bragg, who took office in January 2022, Thursday’s repatriation included the silver “Sicily Naxos Coin,” minted around 430 BCE and currently valued at half a million dollars.

Other notable items included ancient pottery dating to 510 BCE, and amarble head of Roman Emperor Hadrian, dating to 200 CE.

Among the culprits behind the 14 returned pieces, the statement said, were well-known art traffickers Giacomo Medici and Giovanni Franco Becchina, as well as Robert Hecht, the Paris-based American art dealer who died in 2012.

The traffickers had “relied on gangs of tombaroli (tomb raiders) to loot carefully chosen and insufficiently guarded archaeological sites throughout the Mediterranean,” it added.