Why these “unmotivated crimes” ask experts

A woman was detained by police on Sunday when two newborns were found in the freezer at Val-de-Marne’s home. Courjault, Cotton case … Newborn pesticides continue to ask questions.

It is still known today as the “Frozen Baby Incident”. In 2009, Indre-et-Loire’s mother, Véronique Courjault, was accused of killing three babies at her birth and leaving her two in her family’s freezer from the Assize Court in Tours for eight years. I was sentenced to imprisonment.

From the time her husband Jean-Louis Crujo found the body at home until the end of the trial, the incident caused both fascination and horror in the press and public opinion.

This Sunday, a woman was detained by police after a companion found two newborns in her freezer at her home in Marol Saint Brier, Bar de Marne. These newborns may have been killed at birth, according to the first element of the study, which has not yet revealed the tragic situation.

“Always present” phenomenon

If this is the case, news items may fall into the “neonaziside” category, as investigators suspect. To understand: The newborn was murdered within 24 hours of birth. “This isn’t a legal term, but it represents reality,” he reported this Monday to BFMTV.com MeMarc Morin, who defended Véronique Courjault before Assizes in 2009.

The annual average assessment of neonatal pesticides is very complex (pediatrician Anne Tursz tried about 20 cases in 2010, which was significantly underestimated). “Always existed,” asserts Me Marc Morin.

Denial of pregnancy?

“This is a pattern in which a woman is physically pregnant but not psychologically pregnant. Also, if a woman refuses to become pregnant, the baby may lie down, be hungry, and continue menstruating. There is, “explains the lawyer in detail. She calls herself a “specialist” in these cases after being contacted in 2017 with her colleague Me Hélène Delhommais to protect the mother of another newborn in Lorient.

Fifteen years have separated these two cases, and their conclusions are very different, emphasizing lawyers. He was not tried because he was finally declared not liable for criminal charges last October. Investigators admitted her denial of pregnancy as a medical condition.

“It’s an achievement, and justice has evolved. Judges have realized that denial of pregnancy is a psychological mechanism that is so powerful that it can itself be a medical condition,” delights Me Marc Morin. increase. Related to denial, some women deliberately concealed their pregnancy.

Often the relationship between complex pathways and sexuality

If the Courjault incident is certainly the most well-known incident in the region, the eightx neonatal pesticide committed by Dominique Cottrez in the north is an example of the most important phenomenon in Europe to date. Between 1989 and 2000, Dominique Cotless choked the child eight times at her birth, due to her heavy physique, her relatives unaware of her pregnancy.

During her trial, the defendant noticed her “too late” pregnancy and claimed that “there was no other solution” other than killing the baby. She was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2015 and her caregiver was released three years later.

A fairly introverted personality, a difficult relationship with sexuality, a complex family and personal history … When looking at the path of these women, it is impossible to overlook the commonalities that connect them.

In a book on this subject, Inaudible violence: the story of infanticideSociologist Julie Ansian said that these mothers were often “engaged in complex configurations, silenced and concealed their pregnancies, and in particular various forms of violence, physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence. It led to isolation and exposure to. ” She writes in this book, published by Editions du Seuil in February.

Sociologists who met many mothers convicted of neonatal pesticides to better analyze the phenomenon point out that in most cases discussions of access to contraception are used for these women. To do. Through the stories she collects, Julie Ansião, on the contrary, shows that inequality continues in terms of women’s access to care in financially unstable situations.

“Unmotivated crime”

According to Me Marc Morin, babies are often just “parts of the body, not children” in their minds.

“But they aren’t dangerous, he analyzes. He gets caught by putting the corpse in the family freezer or, in the case of my client Lorient, writing her initials on the bag that the baby was in. I will do everything for you. I have been entrusted. “

Véronique Courjault, Dominique Cottrez, or more recently, Audrey Chabot… why are these cases so attractive? “Because these are unmotivated crimes,” slice me into Morin.

“Monster” or “victim”

Whether they are seen as “monsters” or as excited pity, these women cause strong emotions in the general public every time. According to Véronique Courjault lawyers, this phenomenon is associated with the evolution of society, which is at the heart of its concerns and rights, the protection of children.

“In prisons, they are often in severe prison conditions because other prisoners consider them child killer. During the year before their release, my client from Lorient suffered insults and violence. “It was,” says MeMarc Morin.

But “these women aren’t happy about killing their babies after carrying them for nine months,” the lawyer guarantees.