- Deranged man snatched a five-year-old boy from his mother, a stranger
- He jumped in front of a train at the Wuppertal train in western Germany
- Man lay down on the tracks so both were safe though the boy had some cuts
- He was arrested and locked up in a psychiatric facility for attempted murder
A man wrenched the five-year-old son of a stranger from his mother’s arms before leaping with him beneath the wheels of an incoming train.
The deranged man, an Indian, lay between the rails at Wuppertal train station in western Germany clutching the child as the train rolled over them.
The man was a rejected asylum seeker who arrived in the country in March 2010 and was due to be deported to his homeland next month.
Local media speculated he may have been trying to injure himself to prevent deportation, but there was no explanation for taking the child with him.
A man wrenched the five-year-old son of a stranger from his mother’s arms before leaping with him beneath the wheels of an incoming train at Wuppertal station in western Germany
The boy was slightly hurt, but his would-be killer was unharmed as the train rolled harmlessly above them.
His mother, who was on the platform with her other children aged one and three, was comforted by fellow travellers as medics pulled her son to safety.
Police say the attacker is ‘known’ to them and had attempted suicide before.
‘The family were complete strangers to him. He simply walked up to them, grabbed the little boy without a word,’ police said.
‘Then he jumped from the platform to track number five and ran towards the incoming train on track nine.
‘The driver made an emergency stop. But the first wagon rolled over them both.
‘The boy only has abrasions. The man remained unharmed. He is now being investigated for attempted murder in a psychiatric facility.’