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Family sue Republic for role in murder of child

The family of a mentally ill woman who murdered her daughter are suing the Austrian Republic for damages as they say the state is partially to blame for the death of the child.

Mother Gülenay A., 40, drowned her 7-year-old daughter Selinaz in the bathtub in their home in Innsbruck just before Christmas 2011 after 'inner voices' told her to do so.

Gülenay had been in hospital receiving psychiatric treatment shortly before the incident happened, and now her family are suing the state for 40,000 EUR, claiming that she should not have been discharged from the hospital.

During the murder trial, the mother was recognised by the court as mentally ill and following the trial she was committed to a psychiatric institute.

The current case launched by the family against the Republic is due to begin in April 2014 in Innsbruck according to court spokesman Andreas Stutter.

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