Injuries sustained by six month-old Magda are consistent with the
testimony of her mother, say prosecutors in southern Poland in a case
which has gripped the country over the last two weeks.
Katarzyna W.: photo - PAP/Andrzej Grygie
“There is no reason to challenge
the version introduced by the suspect,” Marta Zawada-Dybek from the
state prosecutor's office in Katowice said Monday in a case which has
seen comparisons in the media with the disappearance of the British girl
Madeleine McCann four years ago.
The suspect, 22 year-old Katarzyna W., maintains that she dropped the
baby girl on the floor at her home on 24 January, when Magda hit her
head and died.
The mother then took the body and put it near a riverbank.
The case hit the headlines after the mother originally claimed that
Magda had been kidnapped by an unknown assailant, triggering a huge
manhunt by police in southern Poland.
It was only last Thursday, however, that Katarzyna W. confessed by a
high-profile private detective in Poland, Krzysztof Rutkiewicz, that
there was in fact no kidnapping and that Magda had died from an accident
Prosecutor Marta Zawada-Dybek says that the final version of events will
emerge in the coming days after forensic reports and the taking of more
The woman is currently under arrest under involuntary manslaughter
Meanwhile, a letter released by the mother's lawyer, Marcin Szymonek
says that “Katarzyna W. is innocent. The child died from an accident
which was not intentional or the result of negligence.”
The lawyer also says that his client has been the victim of a media
witch-hunt, where her guilt was taken for granted in many reports. (pg)