French boy with bite marks was stabbed 40 times

30th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

A French boy initially believed to be attacked by an animal has been found with 40 stab wounds in his throat, body and arms.

30 July 2008

LAGNIEU - French police launched a major murder hunt Wednesday after an 11-year boy was stabbed more than 40 times and his body left in the street in a small country town.

Paramedics at first thought the boy, who has only been named as Valentin, had been attacked by an animal, investigators said. But a medical examiner told police that the wounds had been inflicted with a knife-like instrument.

Prosecutor Jean-Paul Gandoliere said that Valentin had been stabbed about 40 times to the throat, body and arms.

"Three of the blows are more than 10 centimetres deep," he said. "The thesis of a crime is now being followed," he added.

Valentin, who was staying with the new partner of his mother in Lagnieu, about 50 kilometres northeast of Lyon, was out playing on his bicycle when he disappeared on Monday evening. The body was found about midnight.

Police said no suspects had been detained.

[AFP / David Monniaux / Expatica]

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