INTERNATIONAL: Mom who killed 8 newborns gets 9 years in prison

INTERNATIONAL: Mom who killed 8 newborns gets 9 years in prison
Dominique Cottrez, 51, appears in court June 25. AP photo.
Dominique Cottrez, 51, appears in court June 25. AP photo.

ASSOCIATED PRESS – A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a dramatic and teary murder trial.

After deliberating a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury on Thursday returned its verdict — half as long as the 18-year prison term asked for by the prosecutor against Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old married mother.

The jury decided that her judgment was impaired at the time of the killings.

They convicted Cottrez of seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder for the first baby she killed in late 1989. The last infant was killed in 2000.

The new owner of the Cottrez family’s house, in a village in northern France, discovered the dead babies in trash bags buried in the garden or hidden in the garage.

Cottrez risked life in prison. But prosecutor Eric Vaillant in his closing arguments on Wednesday asked the court to grant the defendant “extenuating circumstances” because he said she suffered from psychological problems and from proven neuroses.

Her two living daughters — Emeline, 28, and Virginie, 27 — implored the court not to send their mother back to jail. Cottrez has already spent two years in prison for temporary detention at the beginning of the investigation, and was then released from jail in 2012. The mother, who suffers from obesity as well, was expected to spend the next night in prison.

For more than four years, Cottrez convinced police investigators, psychiatric experts, the investigating judge and lawyers of a false story — that she had been raped by her father as a child and was then involved with him in a long, incestuous relationship as a married woman.

In court, she initially said she felt compelled to kill her babies because she feared they were the product of incest. But she confessed to the court during Monday’s hearing that she hadn’t been raped by her father, her lawyers said.

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  1. You never hear when you white you right, when you black stay back. You all cannot see the woman is white. I mean the lady killed 8 innocent babies and get only nine years. When a white person kill is like they do the best thing on earth. When a black person do a little crime is like they destroy the whole world. And they quick to say they are going mad, and hear what the said, that she suffering from obesity. That is lie you hear lie. SMH.

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  2. A year for each child n one for herself....smh she wudda get life in her ass wicked !!

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  3. I won't judge, in my opinion abortion is quite similar.....taking a life voluntarily.....

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  4. SHE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM UP FOR ADOPTION RATHER THAN KILLING HER LITTLE INNOCENT ONES.

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  5. She has some mental issues.....her head not all together in place...some loose screws and loose bolts in her brain. I

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  6. It just goes to show you..that there are more idiotic liars..I mean lawyer and jurors out there than meets the eye..but dont worry..in the end God is THE ultimate judge..one she can never lie to..and if she dont repent...her sentence will be an eternally dreadfull one.

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  7. I cannot believe this, lower down is an article about a teacher who gets 22 years for having sex with 3 17yr olds. And THIS WOMAN gets 9 years for killing 8 newborns?????? WOW!!!! On top of that she lied to the court?

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    • "... But prosecutor Eric Vaillant in his closing arguments on Wednesday asked the court to grant the defendant “extenuating circumstances” because he said she suffered from psychological problems and from proven neuroses ..."

      Thanks? Don't mention it!

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