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Life threatening burns for toddler scalded by father

A two-year-old girl who was scalded by her father under a hot shower after she misbehaved is fighting for her life, doctors at the SMZ Ost hospital in Vienna have said.

Life threatening burns for toddler scalded by father
The SMZ Ost hospital in Vienna. Photo: Invisigoth67

Doctors said that Leonie S. was so badly burnt that much of the skin tissue on her back is dead, and some of her organs have been affected.

"The girl’s condition has unfortunately deteriorated dramatically. She is in intensive care, fighting for her life," a spokesperson from the Vienna Hospital Association said.

The incident happened a week and a half ago. The girl’s father, Alex S (26), said he wanted to teach his daughter “a lesson” after she had been misbehaving, and so put her under what he thought was a cold shower on Sunday morning – a punishment which he said he often used.

However, the water which came out of the shower was boiling hot – between 50 and 70 degrees centigrade. He said that he realised his mistake after three seconds – but doctors said this was sufficient time for the little girl to suffer serious burns.

However he and the girl’s mother (25) waited until Sunday evening to take her to hospital. The couple have two other children, a baby boy and a seven-year-old son. 

The father has not been allowed to return home to his family and the state prosecutor is investigating whether he should be charged with assault.

Vienna Social Services told Heute newspaper that they were investigating if the other two children had been mistreated, and were monitoring and counselling the mother. 

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Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Austria said Friday that it was investigating a report that an Austrian company developed spyware targeting law firms, banks and consultancies in at least three countries.

Austria probes claim spyware targeted law firms and banks

Microsoft’s security team earlier this week said it found that a malware called Subzero — developed by Vienna-based company DSIRF — was deployed in 2021 and 2022.

“Observed victims to date include law firms, banks and strategic consultancies in countries such as Austria, the United Kingdom and Panama,” it wrote in a blog entry on Wednesday.

Austria’s interior ministry said it had not received reports of any incidents.

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“Of course, (intelligence agency) DSN checks the allegations. So far, there is no proof of the use of spy software from the company mentioned,” it said in a statement.

Austria’s Kurier newspaper cited DSIRF as saying that Subzero had not been misused and “was developed exclusively for use by authorities in EU states” and was not commercially available.

DSIRF did not immediately return a request for comment from AFP.

Austria’s interior ministry said it knew of the company but “has not had any business relationships” with it.

Last year several media outlets reported that governments around the world, including in the EU, had used Pegasus spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to spy on opponents.

Budapest and Warsaw responded that the use of Pegasus was for legitimate national security reasons.

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