French woman to stand trial for South Korea baby murders
French woman who confessed to killing three of her newborn babies between 1999 and 2003 has been ordered to stand trial for murder.
TOURS, France, March 13, 2008 - A French woman who confessed to
killing three of her newborn babies between 1999 and 2003 has been ordered to stand trial for murder, her husband's lawyer said Wednesday.
Veronique Courjault, 38, has admitted killing two infants born in South
Korea in 2002 and 2003, found by her husband in the family freezer in Seoul,
as well as a third child born in France in 1999.
The judge dismissed the case against her husband Jean-Louis, who had been
placed under investigation for complicity to murder.
Jean-Louis Courjault told reporters the decision to drop charges against
him was "a relief for myself and my children."
"We will be able to give her support, all three of us," said Courjault, who
now lives in the family's home region of Touraine in central France.
Courjault initially denied any knowledge of the babies after her husband
made the grisly find in July 2006 in their home in the South Korean capital,
where he was working for the US car parts company Delphi.
But in 2006, after DNA tests confirmed she and her husband were the babies'
parents, she admitted to smothering both them and an earlier infant, whom she
says she suffocated and burned in the family fireplace.