Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

French couple face court after babies bodies found

Reporters are seen in front of the house where French police found the corpses of eight newborn babies, in Villers-au-Tertre, northern France, Thursday, July 29, 2010.

A French couple were due in court today accused of murdering eight of their newborn babies.



The corpses were found on two different parts of their property in Villers-au-Tertre, near Lille.

The couple, in their mid-40s, are appearing before a French investigative magistrate.

Police have sealed the doors, gate and windows of the house where the remains of some of the babies were discovered.

An official said the couple were the parents of the dead babies, and that the remains were found in two different parts of the property in Villers-au-Tertre, not far from the city of Lille.

No other information was immediately available.

The prosecutor for the Nord region is planning a news conference tomorrow.

France has seen a string of cases in recent years of mothers killing their newborn babies and saving and hiding the bodies.

In one case, Celine Lesage acknowledged in court in March that she killed six of her newborns, whose bodies were found in plastic bags in her basement in north-west France.

Another Frenchwoman, Veronique Courjault, was convicted last year of murdering three of her newborn children. Her husband discovered two of the bodies in a freezer while the couple were living in South Korea. During her trial, psychiatrists testified that she suffered from a psychological condition known as "pregnancy denial".

There have also been similar cases in Germany.

In one, a woman was convicted of manslaughter in 2006 and sentenced to the maximum 15 years in prison for killing eight of her newborn babies and burying them in flower pots and a fish tank in the garden of her parents' home near the German-Polish border.



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