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Woman on trial accused of suffocating eight of her babies

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Dominique Cottrez in court this morning
Dominique Cottrez in court this morning

A French woman has gone on trial accused of suffocating eight of her newborn babies after she told investigators she feared they were children of an incestuous relationship with her father.

The worst infanticide case in modern French history stunned the country when the babies were discovered in the family garden in 2010.

Dominique Cottrez, 51, went on trial in the northern city of Douai, accused of multiple counts of first-degree murder of minors.

She faces life in prison if found guilty.

Cottrez, who has two adult daughters, told investigators that over more than a decade, she carried eight babies to term and then killed them.

Her obesity appeared to hide the pregnancies which went unnoticed by her husband and children.