Woman held over babies' bones found in flowerpots

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The remains, buried in sand and earth at a site in the eastern state of Brandenburg, were recovered on Sunday after a witness who had been clearing a garage there found human bones stored in a fish tank, a police spokesman said.

"We are assuming there are at least nine corpses," said Michael Neff of the Frankfurt an der Oder state prosecutor's office.

Police arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of killing the babies immediately after they were born between 1988 and 2004. The woman has said she was the mother of the babies but has not admitted killing them, a court spokesman in Frankfurt an der Oder said.