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Mother admits drowning babies found in freezer

A 32-year-old woman has admitted drowning two of her newborn babies, after their tiny corpses were found in a freezer at her home in eastern France, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. In a separate incident, the body of another baby was found buried in a planter near Paris.

Mother admits drowning babies found in freezer
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The 32-year-old woman, identified only as Ms. C, had been in custody since Sunday, when her partner called officers to the house after discovering one of the corpses. When police arrived at the home, they found the second body.

"She has said that she killed the two babies by drowning and that both of them were born alive," the prosecutor in charge of the case, Denis Mondon, told reporters.

The babies were both boys and died in autumn 2011 and autumn 2012 respectively, according to the woman's confession, the prosecutor said.

If autopsies confirm that the babies were drowned alive, Ms C. will be charged with aggravated murder as she had a previous conviction for infanticide."

"In the state they were discovered it is very difficult to establish the age of the corpses and whether they were new-born or still-born," Mondon, told AFP.

Local newspaper Le Progrès reported that the woman, a waitress, had been convicted in 2005 of killing a new-born child she had given birth to in 2002 after a pregnancy she had hidden from friends and family.

In that case, the woman's mother was convicted of helping her daughter to dispose of the body, according to Le Progrès.

In a separate tragic incident on Tuesday, the body of another baby was found buried in a planter outside a block of flats in Pantin, a suburb north-east of the French capital.

The macabre discovery was made by the caretaker of a building after his dog began digging up the soil, French daily Le Parisien reported.

An investigation has been opened by police and an autopsy is due to be carried out on the baby, the age of which has not yet been determined.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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