French Nurse With Fear Of Doctors Admits Smothering Babies

The 45-year-old mother of two, admitted killing eight of her other children in a sleepy village in northern France because she "didn't want any more children and didn't want to see a doctor about getting a means of contraception". The public prosecutor said she had suffered a combination of being traumatised about seeing medical staff and embarrassment over being hugely overweight. "The mother knew she was pregnant ... she didn't want any more children and didn't want any doctors involved," said Eric Vaillant, adding her first pregnancy had been a terrible experience. She appeared before a judge Thursday and was remanded in custody facing charges of "voluntary homicide of a minor under the age of 15", which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment. Her husband, Pierre-Marie Cottrez, a 47-year old carpenter, was allowed to walk free under judicial control. Mrs Cottrez, who has two daughters in their twenties, admitted suffocating her other children immediately after birth and burying them in plastic bags in two gardens over a 16-year period from 1989 to 2005 in the worst case of infanticide in French history. She disposed of the first two in the couple's former home in Villers-au-Tertre, a rural village 125 miles north of Paris, and another six under a heating fuel tank in the garage of their current property.