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German woman 'held captive by mother for years'

An ambulance stands by the entrance to an apartment building on April 19, 2016 in Rosenheim Image copyright AFP/Getty
Image caption The woman and her mother were taken to different hospitals

Police in southern Germany say a woman found by officers during an eviction may have been held captive by her mother for years.

The 26-year-old was found by chance in a locked room when officers entered a flat in the city of Rosenheim.

She was in a neglected state, a spokesman said.

Her 54-year-old mother threw herself down a stairwell in an apparent suicide attempt as police tried to enter the flat.

She was badly injured and taken to hospital, police said in a statement. The younger woman, who was described as "mentally disabled", was taken to a specialist hospital.

"We believe that this is the tenant's daughter, who was in a physically run-down state and who had lived in there for a long time, maybe even for years," police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told local news site rosenheim24.de (in German).

The investigation is focusing on the possibility of unlawful imprisonment, the statement said.

A neighbour, who was not named, told the news site he had lived next door since 2003 but had never seen the younger woman.

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