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Woman killed her 8 babies, hid them



A French woman who admitted suffocating eight of her newborns and concealing their corpses in the garden and garage of her home has been charged with manslaughter, a prosecutor said on Thursday. 

Dominique Cottrez, a 46-year-old nurse’s aide by profession, said that after a bad experience with her first pregnancy she never again wanted to see a doctor. 

She admitted delivering the babies herself and placing the bodies in plastic bags. She buried two of the newborns in the garden and hid the rest of them in the garage, prosecutor Eric Vaillant said. 

“She explained that she didn’t want any more children and that she didn’t want to see a doctor to take contraceptives,” Vaillant said at a news conference. 

“She was perfectly conscious of the fact that she was pregnant each time.” 

Cottrez and her husband, Pierre-Marie Cottrez, were detained on Thursday after two corpses were discovered by the new owners in plastic bags in the garden of a house that had belonged to the woman’s father in the town of Villers-au-Tertre in northern France.

Under questioning, the woman admitted that there were six other bodies and told investigators that they were in plastic bags in the garage of her home where they were found.

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