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29-Year-Old Woman Indicted for Attempted Murder After Newborn Found in Trash

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A 29-year-old woman has been indicted for attempted murder after abandoning her newborn in a trash container in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe. The baby, found by a resident, is now in good health, and the mother faces life imprisonment.

Woman Indicted for Attempted Murder After Abandoning Newborn in Trash

A 29-year-old woman has been indicted for 'attempted murder of a minor under the age of fifteen' after admitting to abandoning her newborn in a garbage container in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, a small town in Sarthe. The indictment came on Thursday, May 30, following a swift investigation led by Delphine Dewailly, the Le Mans public prosecutor.

The case unfolded on May 23 when a resident of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe was alerted by the cries of a baby coming from a container near his home. Upon investigation, he discovered a bag containing a newly born child. The firefighters and emergency services promptly arrived and administered first aid to the infant, a little girl who was found to be in good health. She has since been placed under the care of the department's child welfare services.

Following the discovery, an immediate investigation was launched by the Le Mans public prosecutor's office for 'attempted murder of a fifteen-year-old minor', with significant involvement from the Mamers gendarmerie company. The investigatory efforts swiftly identified the baby's mother, who was arrested the same day. However, the initial police custody was interrupted due to the woman requiring medical attention.

After receiving medical care, the mother was once again placed in custody. She admitted to abandoning her newborn in the trash container during her hearing. Presented to an investigating judge on May 30, she was indicted and placed in pre-trial detention due to the severe nature of the charges and the 'exceptional disturbance caused by the alleged facts'. The woman, a resident of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe with no prior criminal record, is now facing life imprisonment if convicted.

The investigation will continue to uncover the exact circumstances of the incident and gather further information from family members, including the child's father. Expert assessments will also be conducted to evaluate the degree of responsibility and discernment of the indicted woman.

  • The 29-year-old woman was professionally active in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe and had never previously been involved in criminal proceedings, according to Delphine Dewailly. The case has shocked the small community, highlighting the underlying need for more robust social support systems for young mothers.
  • The prompt reactions of the local residents and the efficient work of the emergency services undoubtedly played a critical role in ensuring the newborn's survival and well-being. Community members have since expressed a mixture of relief and sorrow, reflecting on the tragic yet fortunate rescue of the baby girl.
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Refs: | Le Figaro | Le Parisien |

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