Toddlers drowned by their mother in Nice

12th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

A woman confesses to drowing her two children in bathtub to “protect them from threats by the mafia”.

Nice – A woman has confessed to drowning her two children in the bathtub of her family apartment in the French Riviera resort of Nice, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The 39-year-old told police she had killed her son Teddy, three, and her daughter Lisa, two, to "protect them from threats by the mafia," prosecutor Olivier Caracotch said.

The toddlers were found dead in their flat Tuesday after their mother phoned her husband in a state of confusion and he then contacted emergency services who rushed to the home.

When the husband, also 39, arrived there, he had an altercation with police officers and was handcuffed and taken to a police station. But he was later released.

The family had moved into the apartment in the city's Madeleine district three months ago, local newspaper Nice-Matin said.

AFP / Expatica

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