A father and his daughter face life in prison for murder and incest after the bodies of three newborn babies were found rotting in the basement of their home.
Depraved Piotr Gierasik, 54, and Paulina Gierasik, 20, were arrested after the babies’ remains were discovered in shallow graves and wrapped in plastic bags on a property in the northern village of Czerniki from Poland.
The first two babies were found on Friday, but further investigation revealed a third body in an “advanced state of decomposition” on Saturday.
Mariusz Duszyński, from the Gdańsk district prosecutor’s office, said: “The woman has been charged with two counts of murder and having an incestuous relationship with her father.
“The man was charged with three counts of murder, one count of incest with his 20-year-old daughter and one count of having incestuous relations with another daughter.”
Paulina Gierasik, 20 (pictured), was arrested along with her father Piotr after the babies’ remains were discovered in shallow graves and wrapped in plastic bags on a property in the village of Czerniki.
In this general view you can see the house where the remains of three newborns were found
Police work at the scene where the bodies of three newborns were discovered in the basement of a house in Czerniki, Stara Kiszewa municipality in Kashubia, northern Poland, on September 16, 2023.
According to prosecutors, two of the children killed came from his relationship with the 20-year-old girl who they say had a consensual relationship with her father.
The third baby was born from a relationship he had with another daughter after forcing her to have sex.
Prosecutors added that they suspected he had killed the third baby.
The grim discoveries came after police received a tip from social services.
Piotr moved to the village about 15 years ago and was left in charge of raising his children after his wife died.
A local told Super Express newspaper: ‘The father was left alone with the children.
There are many of them, ten or twelve, the older ones have already left.
‘Piotr made a good impression. The yard is neglected, but he installed new windows in the house.
“There were no signs that he drank. He took the children for walks or to the forest to pick mushrooms.
‘Just ordinary people. Who would have thought that such abominations existed in his house?
But colleagues at a pastry shop where Paulina worked in the neighboring town of Stara Kiszewa suspected she was pregnant after she started wearing big, baggy clothes.
He then missed work for three weeks but returned a week later.
Police continue to search the property to see if there are more bodies hidden in the house.
Police are working at the scene where the bodies of three newborns were discovered in the basement of a house in Czerniki, Stara Kiszewa municipality in Kashubia, northern Poland.
A co-worker said: “We all assumed she was pregnant, I think she had tied belts around herself like some kind of corset.”
‘When he returned early from his vacation, the change was visible. She was much thinner, weaker and constantly tired.
“When we asked her about the child, she feigned surprise and denied it.”
Another local told Fakt newspaper: ‘They lived like a couple. He called him Piotr, after his given name. They walked hand in hand.
‘A few months ago, he shaved her head so other boys wouldn’t look at her.
“She looked up to him like he was God.”
One of Paulina’s co-workers reportedly alerted social services after seeing a “disturbing” text message the 20-year-old had sent to her father.
Prosecutors are now waiting for an autopsy to determine how the babies died.
Meanwhile, police continue to search the property to see if there are more bodies hidden in the house.