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#Infanticide

# infanticide - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

German mother admits killing babies, but says she can't remember how many

“It could have been two, three or four”.

# infanticide - Wednesday 23 September, 2015

Toddler dies after father throws his children in a pond, confesses in 911 call

Two girls were saved from the water by an off-duty policeman, but one of them died today.

# infanticide - Saturday 25 April, 2015

Nowhere to turn: These Irish women killed their babies to avoid lives of scandal and poverty

Some women were sentenced to death for killing their children but none were actually executed as the justice system was sympathetic to their plight.

# infanticide - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Monogamy evolved so fathers could protect kids being killed by rivals

A second study showed that monogamy appeared as a result of competition.

# infanticide - Friday 28 September, 2012

German woman admits to killing five of her own babies

The 28-year-old mother-of-two said she didn’t want to have more children. Her husband wasn’t aware of her pregnancies.

# infanticide - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…

Man accused of killing son, 3, by shoving him into washing machine - and turning it on

Christophe Champenois, 33, is accused of forcing his son into a washing machine – and turning it on – over playschool misbehaviour.

# infanticide - Monday 13 September, 2010

Woman admits giving birth to stillborn babies, then hiding bodies UK

Woman admits giving birth to stillborn babies, then hiding bodies

Grandmother pleads guilty to concealing births.

# infanticide - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Dutch woman arrested after three dead infants found

Police trying to establish relationship between woman and babies.

# infanticide - Monday 9 August, 2010

A 25-YEAR-OLD WOMAN in the Netherlands has confessed to giving birth to four babies, and then placing them in a suitcase.The bodies were then stored in the house the woman shares with her parents in Nij Beets, a rural town.

Dutch police said yesterday that they were concentrating on finding the father, or fathers, of the infants. The woman was arrested last week, but has not been charged.

Authorities believe the babies were born between 2002 and 2010. Forensic examinations of the remains to determine the cause and dates of death are being carried out.

Police found the bodies after being tipped off by the woman’s neighbour about her suspicious pregnancies. When questioned by police before the search, the woman said she had given birth to three babies but they had all been adopted. However, she was unable to produce evidence of the adoptions.

The woman’s parents are not believed to have known anything of the babies. The house remains sealed off.

# infanticide - Friday 6 August, 2010

A 25-YEAR-OLD Dutch woman has been arrested after the bodies of four infants were found in the attic of her home in a rural town in the Netherlands.

Police searched the woman’s home in Nij Beets in the Friesland province of the country after a tip off from a neighbour. Suspicions had been raised when the woman appeared to be pregnant but then never seemed to have given birth.

Police found four suitcases in the attic of the house the woman shared with her parents. Police immediately identified the bodies of three infants in three of the suitcases; a forth body was later confirmed to be in the remaining suitcase.

It has not been established if the babies were alive when they were born. Police believe that the births took place between 2002 and 2010.

The woman’s parents are not thought to have had any knowledge about the pregnancies or the births.

At a press conference, police commissioner Wim van Essen said that the woman “Could not give a plausible explanation over the pregnancies and the babies that were born. She was then arrested on August 4th in consultation with the public prosecution as a suspect and a search was conducted in the parental home.”

A Dutch woman who drowned four of her newborn children was jailed and required to undergo psychological treatment in 2006.

The cases echoes that of French woman Dominique Cottrez, who last month confessed to suffocating eight of her newborn babies.

Similarly, the high-profile trials of Frenchwomen Céline Lesage in 2007 and Véronique Courjault in 2010 found that the women had killed their newborns.

The women were suspected of suffering from a psychological illness called pregnancy denial.

# infanticide - Saturday 31 July, 2010

THE WOMAN at the centre of the gruesome French infanticide case is reportedly ‘relieved’ that her secret is now out in the open.

Dominique Cottrez, a nursing assistant in her mid-40s, confessed on Wednesday to killing ten of her own children by suffocation, after the new occupants of her old house found their bones in the garden.

Now her lawyer, Frank Berton, says “she doesn’t have to carry this on her conscience any more, and that’s a kind of relief.” He added that she was “tired, worn out and battered down” after facing intensive police questioning.

Cottrez will now undergo psychological tests to determine whether she was fully responsible for her actions, and said he believed that prosecutors may have been “a bit quick” to say she was fully aware of what she had done.

Her two adult children, who had no idea of their mother’s actions, said she was a “doting grandmother … who supported us at all times.”

It is believed Cottrez began smothering her children after enduring difficulties delivering one of her two surviving children, but was able to hide her pregnancies in her 20-stone bulk.

Her husband, a local councillor, also claims to have known nothing of his wife’s actions.

Cottrez’s is the third high-profile case of infanticide in France in the last eighteen months, with all three mothers understood to be suffering from ‘pregnancy denial‘.

Cottrez could face charges of voluntary homicide of the babies.

# infanticide - Thursday 29 July, 2010

A FRENCH WOMAN arrested yesterday in connection with the discovery of eight dead babies has been charged with their murder. Dominique Cottrez, a nursing assistant in her mid-40s, faces life in prison if found guilty of the deaths.

She is believed to be the mother of the children. French investigators said today that Cottrez confessed to killing the eight and said she had suffocated the babies.

Her husband, also in his mid-40s, has been released without charge, according to Le Figaro. He is a member of the local council and is currently serving his third term. Authorities said he denied any knowledge of the deaths.

The discoveries were made after the new owners of a property in Villers-au-Tertre, near Lille, discovered human bones in their garden and alerted authorities. Police found the remains of two babies hidden around the house and garden.

Police then tracked the previous owners of the property and searched their residence, where they discovered six more corpses. The bodies were wrapped in plastic before being concealed at the two properties.

France has seen other infanticide cases in recent years.

Earlier this year, Celine Lesage was sentenced to 15 years after admitting to killing six of her newborn babies. Their bodies had been found in plastic bags in her basement by her then-partner.

Veronique Courjault was convicted last year of murdering three of her newborn children, two of whom her husband discovered in their freezer. Psychiatrists testified at her trial that she suffered from a psychological condition known as “pregnancy denial.”

French officials speaking at a press conference today said that Cottrez has not suggested pregnancy denial.