Cécile Bourgeon (left), at the trial of Adel Souissi, September 5. - 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.
  • Condemned to twenty years of criminal 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 has remarried and given birth to a little girl who has been placed by a children's judge since her birth.

At the hearing a week ago, she had left little hope. According to our information, the children's judge of the Perpignan court (Pyrénées-Orientales) confirmed, on Monday, the placement in a foster family of Mr., the granddaughter of Cécile Bourgeon born in February. The decision is valid for a period of one year.

#Bourgeon #Fiona: The children's judge of the Perpignan judicial court confirmed, on Monday, the placement in foster care of M., the little girl of Cécile #Bourgeon born in February. For a period of one year.
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Free pending a new trial at the assizes - the fourth - for the beatings leading to the death of his first little daughter, Fiona, in May 2013, Cécile Bourgeon remarried in December 2019 and has since given birth to 'a little 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. It was therefore this decision that was confirmed on Monday.

The upcoming trial and the administrative situation of the child's father

According to our information, the judge pointed out two reasons for keeping the girl in foster care. On the one hand, the administrative profile of the father of the child who, in an irregular situation on French soil, has not yet succeeded in his regularization procedures. And on the other hand, the upcoming trial of Cécile Bourgeon. Still being prosecuted for the beatings that led to Fiona's death in 2013, without intending to give her, she must be tried on appeal by the Rhône Assize Court from December 1 to 18, 2020.

The little girl Cécile Bourgeon claimed custody today is her fourth child. 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.

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

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 search "for the whereabouts of Fiona's body." A drug addict at the material time, the mother said that she no longer remembered the place where she buried her 5-year-old daughter. His body has never been found. For this, she still faces a sentence of 30 years of criminal imprisonment.


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