Cops: Mom Breastfed Baby, Left Her to Die on Beach

Fabienne Kabou is on trial this week for alleged infanticide
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2016 12:13 PM CDT
Cops: Mom Breastfed Baby, Left Her to Die on Beach
Berck-sur-Mer   (Wikimedia Commons)

In November 2013, Fabienne Kabou traveled to the French coastal town of Berck-sur-Mer with her 15-month-old daughter and checked into a hotel. She reportedly asked locals about the tides, breastfed Adélaïde on the beach, and then, allegedly, left the little girl there as the tide came in. The next day, Kabou returned to Paris via train and a fisherman found Adélaïde's body—still strapped into her stroller, according to the Mirror, though the Irish Times says Kabou had taken her out of the pram first. Kabou, now 39, is on trial this week for her daughter's murder, the Guardian reports. She has confessed, saying she chose the town because "even the name sounded sad," and that evil forces and voices pushed her to kill the little girl. While psychiatric analysis noted "paranoid delusions," the Independent reports Kabou was deemed able to stand trial.

On Monday, she reportedly told the court she killed her daughter because it was "easier that way." Per French media, Kabou has described the moments leading up to her daughter's alleged abandonment: "She was looking for my breast, I gave it to her. ... I clutched her against me" and cried. Then, "I must have left Ada at five meters, perhaps two. In any case, she would have drowned straight away. I don’t know how fast the tide came in but it was very close." She says she chose to leave the girl by the water because it was "like amniotic fluid." Kabou insists the girl was "calm" and "didn't feel in danger" as she hugged her, apologized, then "turned on my heels and ... ran." Kabou's lawyer says Adélaïde's father was not happy about the surprise pregnancy, leaving Kabou feeling depressed and "deeply alone," and that Kabou felt she was saving her daughter from an unhappy life. (In the US, this woman killed six of her own newborns.)

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