The trial of a 39-year-old man, accused of killing his girlfriend and their 20-month-old baby in July 2019, and planning to murder his two eldest sons and then commit suicide, opened on Monday morning in front of the Assize Court of the Hérault.

He is accused of having planned to murder his entire family, in response to a decision to place the infant.

Renouncing to complete his project and suicide, the accused had left his sons aged 7 and 11 alive, after confessing his crime to his mother.

She then warned the gendarmes who found the lifeless bodies of the mother and the baby in the family home, in Les Rives, on the Larzac plateau.

The couple did not accept the decision of the infant's placement, he said

The family lived "in near autarky", the children were not educated according to the choice of their mother, according to the investigators.

A few weeks before the tragedy, the baby had been hospitalized for an inflammation.

The medical staff had noted malnutrition and the social services had been seized.

During his custody, the accused had assured that the solution of collective suicide had been decided by mutual agreement with his wife, because the couple did not accept the placement decision.

The two sons of the accused, as well as the family of the companion, brought civil action.

The debates will take place over three days in front of the assizes.

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