Martina Levato is a 23-year-old girl who, together with her lover Alexander Boettcher, disfigured a former boyfriend by throwing acid against his face.
When she was arrested, she was pregnant, and in the night between 14 and 15 August she gave birth to a male baby, Achille, who was immediately taken away from her mother by the Authorities.
In Italy similar situations are not managed according to a fixed rule, the Juvenile Court will rule on a case by case basis. In the Levato case, no final decision was taken, but the State prosecutor asked the Juvenile Court to put the baby up for adoption.
The families of Miss Levato and Mr Boettcher loudly protested and pointed out that Maria Anna Franzoni, a woman found guilty of killing her bay in an infamous case, was allowed to keep the custody of the victim’s siblings.