Police call on alleged mother of freezer babies

17th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

SEOUL, Aug 17, 2006 (AFP) - South Korean police are to summons a French woman for questioning over two dead babies found in a freezer at her home here after DNA tests showed she was their mother, a police officer said Thursday.

SEOUL, Aug 17, 2006 (AFP) - South Korean police are to summons a French woman for questioning over two dead babies found in a freezer at her home here after DNA tests showed she was their mother, a police officer said Thursday.

The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a second DNA analysis had confirmed earlier findings that the woman gave birth to the babies, whose gruesome discovery has sparked intense media interest here and in France.

"Through a diplomatic channel, we will send her an official summons this week, asking her to face questioning here," said the officer at Bangbae Police Station in southern Seoul.

"Today, we received the results of the second DNA test from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation. They suggest the chances are nil that the woman is not the mother of the dead babies," he added.

The woman is in France with her husband, who reported the horrific discovery after returning from a vacation on July 23.

The couple, who are in their forties with two sons aged 10 and 11, have already been questioned by French investigators in the western city of Tours.

Initial DNA tests contested by the couple showed they were the parents of the dead babies. Further tests on samples from the woman's womb confirmed she was the mother, the police officer said.

The couple's lawyer Marc Morin has slammed the "media and diplomatic frenzy" surrounding the case in South Korea.

He suggested the entire case could be a set-up aimed at discrediting the Frenchman, who is a senior engineer with a US firm in Seoul.

French authorities last week opened a preliminary investigation into the couple while awaiting an official South Korean request for legal cooperation.

Morin said his clients had no current plans to return to South Korea.

"Even if she refuses to come back here, we will continue pursuing the case in coordination with French judicial authorities," the police officer said.

It is not known how the babies, who still had parts of their umbilical cords attached, died. Police say they must have been put in the freezer before December 2003, when the mother had her womb removed in an operation.

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