Sunday, January 15, 2017

Death Of An 8-Year-old Tortured Child: The Mother And Her Accused Charged

Death of an 8-year-old tortured child: the mother and her accused charged
The mother of an eight-year-old boy and his companion, suspected of murder and torture of the child, found drowned, were charged Friday night in Nantes and remanded in custody.


Their indictment corresponds to the requisitions of the public prosecutor's office, which had adopted the qualifications of "voluntary homicide on minors under 15 years of age" and "acts of torture and barbarism".

The couple had called the firefighters Wednesday in the late afternoon. They could only note the death of the child in the family apartment, located in a four-storey building, at Cremetterie in Saint-Herblain, a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Nantes.




The mother of an eight-year-old boy and his companion, suspected of murder and torture of the child, found drowned, were charged Friday night in Nantes and remanded in custody.

Their indictment corresponds to the requisitions of the public prosecutor's office, which had adopted the qualifications of "voluntary homicide on minors under 15 years of age" and "acts of torture and barbarism".
The couple had called the firefighters Wednesday in the late afternoon. They could only note the death of the child in the family apartment, located in a four-storey building, at Crémetterie in Saint-Herblain, a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Nantes.

When interrogated and placed in police custody, the mother, and her companion had at first evoked an accidental death. But the first elements of the investigation and the testimonies gathered quickly contradicted their statements.

The autopsy resulted in a death by drowning of the boy, "apparently in a context of violence", his body presenting several bruises, recounted a judicial source.

For several months, the child was reported "regularly assaulted, beaten and sometimes blocked by links", the source said.

On Wednesday, on the day of the tragedy, the child, David, was punished again and beaten with an unidentified object on his return from school before he had to bear the "punishment of the bathtub" filled with cold water. He would have been hobbled at the ankles and wrists with ties that will then be found in the apartment.

- 'Punishment of the bathtub' -


Quoted by the daily newspaper Presse Océan, a neighbor testified that he heard the child scream, repeatedly asking his mother "forgiveness" and promising that he would "not do it again." The couple is suspected, according to the newspaper, of having already inflicted in the past and on several occasions, "the punishment of the bathtub" to the young boy.

Apparently healthy, two other children, three years and 18 months old, lived in the family, unknown to social services. The youngest at least would be the child of the couple.

Born in Côte d'Ivoire and raised by his grandmother, David joined his mother in France at the end of August 2016. Aged 26, she had come to France in 2008 to pursue law studies. She was currently a housewife.

Aged 31, his companion worked as a worker at the time of the events. The couple has no judicial history.

"How has it been seen?" Wondered a mother who came Saturday morning to lay flowers in front of the building of the Crémetterie district, where the atmosphere was heavy. Her son, she assured an AFP correspondent, was a "big buddy" of David.




"We think of the child, what we should have seen or understood, we think we might have done something," said local residents.

"We are all stunned and in shock," said Mayor (PS) of Saint-Herblain, Bertrand Affilé, questioned by AFP. "We do not understand that a drama like this can happen," he added.

Elected representatives made contact on Friday with staff and teachers at the school where David was enrolled at CE1 to "think about how to announce the death to other children," the mayor said. Psychologists will be mobilized.

The tragedy occurred less than two months after the death in Reims of Tony, a child of three years, under the blows of his mother's spouse, of whom he had become the punishment, according to the prosecution.

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