Couple Busted After 8 Dead Newborns Found
French parents seemed utterly 'pleasant'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2010 2:53 AM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2010 6:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – A couple in a northern French village have been arrested after police uncovered the remains of eight newborns in their home and nearby. A neighbor alerted cops after spotting bones as he dug a pond in his yard at a home where the two used to live. The couple, both in their 40s, have two grown daughters. The married roofer and nursing aide suspected of the worst case of infanticide in French history seemed like completely "ordinary" people, said neighbors.

"We knew them quite well. They were very pleasant. We're having trouble believing it," said a friend. "They were normal people. How such a thing is possible is unimaginable," said a neighbor. Police are continuing to search the area, and have indicated they expect to find still more bodies, reports the Telegraph. France has struggled through two painful trials of women who have killed their newborns in the past two years. One woman killed three babies, while another killed six.