Dungeon Daughter Will Probably Die
Police would consider murder charges against Fritzl
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2008 9:31 AM CDT
This picture taken on April 30, 2008 shows the Mauer hospital where the family of Austrian Josef Fritzl is receiving psychological treatment in Amstetten, eastern Austria.   (AFP/Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Kerstin Fritzl, the eldest of Josef Fritzl’s “downstairs family,” has slipped into a coma from which she is unlikely to recover, the Daily Telegraph reports. “She is suffering from multiple organ failure,” said a hospital spokesman. “That means her chances of survival are very low.” Police say they will consider bringing murder charges against Fritzl if the girl dies.

Kerstin, 19, had spent her entire life locked in her father’s underground dungeon, until she became violently ill and needed to be hospitalized. It was her sickness that brought the rest of her family out of the cellar, and Frtizl’s misdeeds to light. Police could tack “murder through negligence” onto the rape charges Fritzl already faces.