The quiet village of Viller-au-Tertre
in north-eastern France has plunged into shock and mourning, after the bodies
of eight newborn babies were found buried in the ground.
Police sources said that a
45-year-old woman, whose name has not been made public, had been arrested along
with her husband, after a new resident in the village stumbled upon the remains
of two babies while gardening.
According to French radio, the
arrested woman – a mother of two – told police that the corpses are those of
two newborn babies to whom she gave birth in secret. RTL said she had admitted
killing “a dozen” others since 1988, and kept her actions from her
Police have so far found the bodies
of six other babies and are not ruling out finding more.
“We have found eight bodies of
newborn babies in two different locations in Villers-au-Tertre,” the Douai
prosecutor, Eric Vaillant, said. “We have detained two people,” he
said. “They are the father and mother of the children.”
The pair will appeal before a
investigating magistrate today, Thursday 29 July.