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French woman says killing baby like 'going shopping'

AFPAFP 21/06/2016 ZoƩ Leroy
A court sketch shows Fabienne Kabou speaking at the start of her trial in Saint-Omer, on June 20, 2016 © Provided by AFP A court sketch shows Fabienne Kabou speaking at the start of her trial in Saint-Omer, on June 20, 2016

A French woman who left her baby to drown on a beach gave a chilling account of the murder Tuesday, telling a court it was as perfunctory as "going shopping".

Fabienne Kabou, 39, who has blamed witchcraft for her acts, detailed the final hours of her 15-month-old daughter's life on the second day of a trial into the 2013 murder which shocked France.

She said she left her home in Paris and took a train to the northern resort town of Berck-sur-Mer where she asked passers-by about a hotel near the beach.

"I find it ridiculous that a criminal would speak to so many people before carrying out her act," Kabou said impassively.

"When you premeditate a crime, you don't want to be traced."

Fabienne Kabou admits killing her infant daughter during a visit to the French resort town of Berck-sur-Mer in 2013 © Provided by AFP Fabienne Kabou admits killing her infant daughter during a visit to the French resort town of Berck-sur-Mer in 2013

She said she played with her daughter Adelaide, before breastfeeding her until she fell asleep after which she took her to the beach and laid her at the water's edge.

"She didn't move, she was silent," Kabou said.

"I understood the water was covering my daughter, my boots were in the water. It was so dark the moon was like a spotlight."

- 'Anaesthetised' -

After leaving her daughter there, she ran away. Prawn fisherman found the toddler's lifeless body the next morning.

Kabou grew up in Senegal in a well-off Catholic family before moving to Paris to study philosophy and architecture where she fell in love with a sculptor 30 years her senior, Michel Lafon.

Toys are left at the grave of Adelaide Kaboua -- 15-month-old girl who was found dead on the beach of Berck-sur-Mer in 2013 © Provided by AFP Toys are left at the grave of Adelaide Kaboua -- 15-month-old girl who was found dead on the beach of Berck-sur-Mer in 2013

Described by her lawyer as highly intelligent, she told the court she had no other explanation for her acts but "witchcraft".

Kabou said she carried out the murder "perfectly mechanically, as if a part of me was anaesthetised" and returned home the next day "with the attitude of someone who has just gone shopping".

"I didn't want to kill this child but it was at my hands that she died," said Kabou.

Prosecutor Luc Fremiot interrogated her over the fact that she never registered Adelaide's birth, and none of her family knew about the existence of the child.

Kabou has said Lafon never wanted the child and questioned whether he was even the father.

French lawyer Fabienne Roy-Nansion -- who is defending Fabienne Kabou -- waits for the start of the trial in Saint-Omer, on June 20, 2016 © Provided by AFP French lawyer Fabienne Roy-Nansion -- who is defending Fabienne Kabou -- waits for the start of the trial in Saint-Omer, on June 20, 2016

"If I never wanted Ada, I wouldn't have carried her for nine months, I wouldn't have raised her for 15 months, I wouldn't have loved her," Kabou said, sobbing.

On Monday, the accused said she had spent some 40,000 euros ($45,000) consulting various "witchdoctors and healers" before carrying out the murder, and that she had suffered hallucinations.

However, Jean-Christophe Boyer, a lawyer for a children's group that is a civil party to the case, has accused Kabou of using witchcraft and her culture as a defence strategy.

A court psychiatrist, Paul Bensussan, said her act was possibly triggered by a deep depression related to having the child.

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