Police find bodies of eight newborns
A French couple were in custody today after police found the bodies of eight newborn babies on their property in a village in northern France, a judicial official said.
The official said the couple, both in their mid-40s, were the parents of the dead babies, and that the remains were found in two different parts of the property in Villers-au-Tertre, not far from the city of Lille. The prosecutor for the Nord region is planning a news conference today.
France has seen a string of cases in recent years of mothers killing their newborn babies and hiding the bodies.
In one case, Celine Lesage acknowledged in court in March that she killed six of her newborns, whose bodies were found in plastic bags in her basement in north-west France.
Another French-woman, Veronique Courjault, was convicted last year of murdering three of her newborn children.
Her husband discovered two of the bodies in a freezer while the couple were living in South Korea.
There have also been similar cases in Germany.