La Seyne sur Mer : France | Jul 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM PDT
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Mother admits killing babies

A 47-year old French woman confessed to suffocating six new born children and hiding her babie's bodies, a prosecutor said in what experts declared as the country's worst recorded case of infanticide.

The woman and her husband, were detained on when the bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags at two homes in Villers-au-Tertre, a village of about 650 people.

Dominique Cottrez, a nurse, initially confessed to killing two children at birth before admitting to police she had murdered six others. public prosecutor Eric Vaillant told a news conference.

"The mother knew she was pregnant. She didn't want any more children and didn't want any doctors involved"

Cottrez told police she had not told her husband about the pregnancies or her decision to kill the babies. Her large build made it easier for her to hide the pregnancies, the prosecutor said.

The crime came to light after new owners of the couple's previous home found the remains of two babies under a tree in the garden. They called the police who, after questioning Cottrez, found six other bodies in the garage of their new home.

"According to an autopsy, the bodies were not beaten. The mother admits suffocating the babies at birth,"

Authorities have remanded Cottrez in custody at a secret location and placed her under investigation for the murder of minors,

Her husband, has been released after telling police he knew nothing about the crime. Vaillant said he appeared to learn about the killings when told by police: "He looked as though his world had fallen apart."


Although Cottrez says there were no more victims, police are continuing their search. Authorities were also conducting psychological tests on Cottrez to assess her criminal responsibility.

Neighbors say the couple have two daughters in their twenties, had never acted wired. The husband was apart of the local council.

bexy5 is based in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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