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Bodies of two babies found in French freezer

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 06/12/2022 Agence France-Presse
HIDDEN HORROR The building where the bodies of two newborn babies were found in a freezer on Dec. 1, 2022 is photographed in the village of Bedoin, southern France on December 2. AFP PHOTO © Provided by The Manila Times HIDDEN HORROR The building where the bodies of two newborn babies were found in a freezer on Dec. 1, 2022 is photographed in the village of Bedoin, southern France on December 2. AFP PHOTO

MARSEILLE, France: Two newborn babies whose corpses were found in a woman's freezer in southern France did not die of natural causes, prosecutors said on Monday.

"The two children were not stillborn," Florence Galtier, prosecutor in the southern town of Avignon, told Agence France-Presse (AFP), citing an autopsy.

Their deaths were "not natural in origin," she added after the bodies were discovered at the home of a 41-year-old woman arrested in the southern village of Bedoin last Thursday.

The woman was charged last Friday on suspicion of the murder of two minors. It is not known if she is the mother of the victims, both girls.

The autopsy showed one of the babies had suffered a blow leaving "cranial and intracranial" bruising, believed to be the cause of death.

Galtier said it was not clear if the injuries were the result of violence or a fall, a lack of care, or something else. She added it had also not been established if the girls were twins or even unrelated.

Police received a telephone tip-off from a man whose identity and potential connection to the case are also unclear.

France has known similar cases over the years.

Last March, a woman in her 30s was placed under investigation after two frozen babies were found at her home.

In 2015, five bodies were found in a similar case that saw the mother handed an eight-year jail term.

Another case that went down in French legal annals was that of Veronique Courjault, who was given an eight-year sentence in 2009 for killing three of her newborn children.

The bodies of the two were discovered in a freezer in the home she shared with her husband in South Korea.

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