French police search garden in infanticide case: source

10th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police Tuesday dug up the garden at the former home of a woman who admitted killing eight of her newborn babies, an official said.

Police investigating the case of Dominique Cottrez, 45, who last month admitted the killings, returned to the garden where two of the babies were found, a source close to the case who asked not to be named told AFP.

They used a digger "to see if there are other objects of any kind which could aid the investigation," the source said.

Cottrez was charged with multiple murders last month after she admitted smothering the babies.

The remains of two of the infants were found in the garden of her parents' former home, where she had lived, in the quiet village of Villers-au-Tertre, northern France. A further six were found in the garage of her current home.

Relatives voiced disbelief at the time that Cottrez, a nursing assistant, had hidden eight pregnancies and births and smothered the newborns, whose bodies were found in plastic bin bags.

They said the pregnancies had passed unnoticed due to her weight. Press reports said that Cottrez weighed 130 kilos (286 pounds).

According to prosecutors, Cottrez said that after a difficult pregnancy with one of her two surviving daughters she had not wanted to go back to see a doctor, even to be prescribed contraception.

© 2010 AFP

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