French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies

French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies
# 03 July 2015 10:11 (UTC +04:00)

Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old former health worker, was found guilty of suffocating eight of her babies shortly after secretly giving birth to them between 1989 and 2000. Most of the killings occurred in the bathroom of her home near the Belgian border.

Cottrez’s crimes were uncovered in July 2010 when the new owner of her parents’ former home in northern France unearthed the bodies of two of her infants wrapped in plastic bags buried in the garden. A police investigation turned up six other tiny corpses in a tank in the garage at Cottrez’s home.

The housewife initially told investigators that she had feared the babies were born from a sexual relationship with her father that had taken place from her childhood until his death in 2007. However, testing showed her husband had fathered the children and, in a spectacular turnaround, on Monday she admitted in court that she had fabricated the story.

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