The original Hansel and Gretel story was kinda gruesome. Aside from the point that the witch wanted to eat the children, the childrens’ parents abandoned them in the woods in the first place, because they couldn’t feed them anymore. They don’t make kids’ stories like they used to. Apparently, child abandonment like this was not unknown during the middle ages. Anyway, there are often three phases of revision in old kid stories. The original is kinda unpleasant. Then, Brothers Grimm would make a gentler, more kid-friendly version of it. And then Disney would Disney-ize it even further.