• The body of an infant was found in the toilet bowl at Bergerac station on Friday.

  • Judicial information has been opened against the child's mother, suspected of "murder of a 15-year-old minor", and her companion.

  • The first conclusions of the autopsy showed that the newborn was "born alive".

After the discovery on Friday of the body of a newborn baby in the toilets of Bergerac station, the Périgueux prosecutor's office announced on Thursday that it had opened a judicial investigation against the mother suspected of "murder of a 15-year-old minor", and her companion.

The 19-year-old young woman and her 40-year-old companion, "who accompanied her on the day of the events", must be presented to an investigating judge on Thursday for their indictment, the prosecutor said in a press release. the Republic Solène Belaouar, who requested their placement in pre-trial detention.

“Awareness that her child was born alive”

According to Solène Belaouar, it emerges from the investigation that the young woman "knew that she was pregnant and that she was going to give birth, and was aware on the day of the facts that her child was born alive".

She asked for her indictment for murder of a 15-year-old minor, a crime punishable by life imprisonment.

The lifeless body of this newborn male had been found on Friday afternoon by a maintenance worker in the toilet bowl for people with reduced mobility at Bergerac station, where blood and the placenta were also found. .

According to the prosecution, the young mother, originally from Dordogne, confided in relatives on Monday and the authorities were then alerted, leading to her arrest on Tuesday.

She admitted in police custody to having given birth in these toilets.

"Cardiorespiratory failure"

The prosecution accuses his companion, presented by the young woman as the father of the child, of not having prevented the crime and of not having assisted the little victim.

The two defendants have no criminal record, according to the prosecution.

On Tuesday, the first conclusions of the autopsy showed that the newborn was "born alive", "without signs of excessive prematurity", and had "breathed".

This examination had also made it possible to determine that the death was not due to a “traumatic cause” but to “acute cardiorespiratory failure” of unknown origin, in “a context of submersion”.

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  • Justice

  • Bergerac

  • Infanticide

  • Murder

  • Aquitaine

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