Baby of woman tortured, killed in Greece was found trying to ‘wake’ her

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The baby daughter of a British woman who was tortured and killed by burglars in Greece was found crawling on her and desperately trying to “wake” her, according to a report.

Police in Athens told Pro Thema that they found Caroline Crouch, 20, tied to a pole in the attic of her home, where she is believed to have tried to hide after intruders tied up her husband and hanged their dog.

In heartbreaking scenes, her 11-month-old daughter, Lydia, was on her, “screaming and hitting her mother with her hands to wake her up,” according to the local outlet.

Crouch’s helicopter-pilot husband, Babis Anagnostopoulos, 32, had managed to raise the alarm after partially freeing himself from the ropes that tied him to a chair, the paper said.

As well as tied with rope, he had been handcuffed and had his eyes and mouth taped up during the deadly raid that lasted up to an hour, police told Pro Thema.

He is believed to have lost consciousness during the attack due to a lack of oxygen — with detectives considering that the gang may have feared he had died, leading them to strangle his wife, the report said.

“I realized that my wife was dead when the police came and freed me,” he told reporters at the house, where he was seen collecting belongings and taking a cat to a neighbor.

“Fortunately, my daughter is fine,” he said of his baby daughter with Crouch, who was half Filipina and a UK passport holder.

Police believe that the gang — three inside and one keeping watch in the street — are likely known villains with a violent past.

They stole cash and jewelry worth around $18,250, reports said.

Greece’s government on Tuesday took the rare step of offering a $365,000 reward for what the minister responsible for public order, Michalis Chrisochoidis, described as a “particularly heinous” crime.

“One rarely encounters such barbarity in Greece, in Greek society, even among criminals,” Chrisochoidis said, adding that two teams of detectives had been set up to handle the investigation.

“We’ve seen several other ugly murders throughout the years. But this was extremely brutal and violent.”

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