Riom (Puy-de-Dôme), September 5, 2016. Cécile Bourgeon, Fiona's mother, arrives at the assize court where the man who raped her in 2012 is tried. - Thierry Zoccolan / AFP

  • In May 2013, little Fiona, 5, died of ill-treatment. Her mother, Cécile Bourgeon, and her stepfather, Berkane Makhlouf, claimed that she had disappeared in a park before admitting to having actually buried it.
  • Sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment in 2018, Cécile Bourgeon has since been released following a decision by the Court of Cassation. It must be retried at the end of 2020.
  • Since her release from prison, she remarried and gave birth to a granddaughter who was placed at birth by a children's judge.

Cécile Bourgeon has not given up hope of seeing her little girl born in February quickly. According to our information, the young woman of 32 years intends to claim custody during a hearing scheduled for June 15 before a children's judge of the judicial court of Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales).

Cécile Bourgeon remarried in December 2019 and has since given birth to a fourth trial in the assizes for the blows that led to the death of her first little daughter, Fiona, in May 2013 girl. From birth, this baby was placed outside the family home by a court decision. "I estimated that with regard to the social elements which were communicated to us, there was a danger for the child", explained to 20 Minutes , Jean-David Cavaillé, the public prosecutor of Perpignan, in March.

#Fiona: While her 4th trial is scheduled for May (unless the #Coronavirus ...), Cécile #Bourgeon gave birth to a baby girl in late February. On Thursday, a children's judge confirmed the placement of the newborn. via @ 20Minutes

- Vincent Vantighem (@vvantighem) March 20, 2020

The first hearing without the parents because of the Covid-19

Has the situation changed since then? This is what a children's judge will assess during a hearing scheduled for June 15. Nothing compelled the justice to look at this file again and so quickly if it is not the epidemic of coronavirus which struck France. Indeed, the first placement decision was taken in March by the judge at a hearing in the absence of the baby's parents due to the threat of the Covid-19. Cécile Bourgeon and her husband were therefore unable to give their point of view, as the law provides however.

On June 15, they will therefore be able to defend themselves from the criticisms they are subjected to so that they are refused custody of their little one. The Perpignan prosecutor refused to comment on the reasons why he had requested the child's placement. But, according to our information, justice would reproach Cécile Bourgeon his past of drug addict and his current depressive state to justify the decision.

"I have the right to be pregnant if I want!" "She swung

This little girl is the fourth child of Cécile Bourgeon. During his trial at first instance in 2016 in Riom, the Puy-de-Dôme assize court had withdrawn parental authority over his two other children, Fiona's little sister and a little boy whom she had had with Berkane Makhlouf, also accused of having raped little Fiona.

During the debates, Cécile Bourgeon had shocked public opinion by assuring, from her box, that she wanted, in the future, to have other children despite the fact that she was accused of having carried out fatal blows on Fiona. “I have citizenship rights. I have the right to be pregnant if I want! », She had notably launched.

She also announced that if she was released, she would take her car around the clock to find "the place where Fiona's body is located." A drug addict at the material time, the mother said that she no longer remembered the place where she buried her five-year-old daughter. His body has never been found.

His next trial is already scheduled from December 1 to 18 before the Rhône Court of Appeal in Lyon. For "violence resulting in the death [of Fiona] without intention of giving it", she will face a sentence of thirty years' imprisonment.


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