A French woman who murdered eight of her newborn babies was sent to prison for nine years.
Dominique Cottrez, 51, had told a court she viewed the infanticide as a ‘means of contraception’. It was believed that she suffocated eight of her newborn babies that she feared were the result of an incestuous relationship with her father.
According to Daily Mail, Cottrez’s is the worst infanticide case in modern French history,
She told investigators that her obesity prevented her husband from noticing any of the eight pregnancies, The Guardian reports. Her children, neighbors, colleagues and even doctors at a nearby hospital never knew about them.
Her obesity had made the pregnancies undetectable, even to her late husband and two adult daughters.
Cottrez said: ‘Each time, I hoped the good Lord would give me a miracle. Like someone would tell me, “Look, you’re pregnant.”
‘Maybe then I would have said something, it would have triggered something in me and I would have had treatment’.
The remains of Cottrez’s infants were found in 2010 after new homeowners moved into her old home and were attempting to dig a duck pond. While digging, they discovered the remains of two babies in hermetically-sealed bags.
During an investigation into Cottrez’s new home, authorities discovered six other babies hidden in her house.
Cottrez said she was first raped by her father at the age of 8. The relationship continued into her childhood and teenage years, then again later as an adult, the judicial documents note. Cottrez added that the relationship became consensual and that she was more in love with her father than her husband.
Cottrez was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder of minors. she received psychological and psychiatric care. Later she was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in prison on eight counts of infanticide.