Incest Family Members Meet for 1st Time

Austria reunion goes smoothly; prosecutors weigh murder charge
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 2:08 PM CDT
People are seen at the backyard of a house in Amstetten, Austria, where 73-year-old Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter for 24 years in a windowless basement cell and fathering seven children with...   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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(Newser) – Members of the family in the Austrian incest case have met for the first time and interacted with "astonishing" ease, an official at the clinic where they're being treated told the AP. Although the children who were imprisoned with their mother had never met their other siblings or grandmother, their reunion on Sunday went smoothly, the clinic director said.

"It was astonishing how easily it happened—how the mother and grandmother came together," said the director. Prosecutors say they are looking into charging Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter captive for 24 years, with “murder through failure to act” of a child who died in infancy. A conviction could carry a 20-year prison sentence in addition to the 15 years he faces for rape.