Frenchwoman ‘admits smothering eight newborn babies’
A woman in northern France has admitted killing her eight newborn babies but said her husband knew nothing about it, the prosecutor in the case has said.
Dominique Cottrez has been placed under investigation over the deaths, which happened between 1989 and 2006. Her husband has been freed without charge.
Mr Cottrez had initially faced investigation for allegedly concealing the bodies and not reporting crimes.
Mrs Cottrez, 47, faces charges of the voluntary homicide of the babies.
Being placed under investigation is the first stage of criminal proceedings that can lead to charges.
The prosecutor had requested the charges of failing to report the killings and hiding the bodies against Mr Cottrez, but the prosecutor said the investigating magistrate in the case had ruled against this.