Mother explains why she left her daughter to die in rising tide

Mother explains why she left her daughter to die in rising tide
Published: 2016 June 22 00:24:09 (8574 Views)
A mother has explained why she left her baby to drown on a beach in northern France, telling a court room it was as if she had gone 'shopping'.

Fabienne Kabou, 39, blamed witchcraft for the actions which resulted in her 15-month-old daughter, Adelaide, dying in 2013.

The 39-year-old had travelled to Berck-sur-Mer from her home in Paris that November.

She explained to the court that she had asked passers-by about a hotel near the beach, saying it would be 'ridiculous' for a criminal to behave in such a way.

She said she then played with her daughter, breastfed her and then when she was asleep took her to the beach and laid her at the water's edge.

'She didn't move, she was silent,' Kabou said.

'I understood the water was covering my daughter, my boots were in the water. It was so dark the moon was like a spotlight.'

After leaving her daughter there, she ran away.

Prawn fisherman found the toddler's lifeless body the next morning.

Kabou grew up in Senegal before moving to Paris and falling in love with a sculptor 30 years her senior, Michel Lafon.



Described by her lawyer as highly intelligent, she told the court she had no other explanation for her acts but 'witchcraft'.

She said she carried out the murder 'perfectly mechanically, as if a part of me was anaesthetised" and returned home 'with the attitude of someone who has just gone shopping'.

'I didn't want to kill this child but it was at my hands that she died,' she added.

The court heard how Adelaide's birth was not registered and her family did not know of her existence.

But Kabou said Lafon never wanted the child and questioned whether he was even the father.

'If I never wanted Ada, I wouldn't have carried her for nine months, I wouldn't have raised her for 15 months, I wouldn't have loved her,' she said, sobbing.

On Monday, the accused said she had spent some 40,000 euros consulting various 'witchdoctors and healers' before carrying out the murder, and that she had suffered hallucinations.

However, Jean-Christophe Boyer, a lawyer for a children's group that is a civil party to the case, has accused Kabou of using witchcraft and her culture as a defence strategy.
This court sketch made on June 20, 2016 shows Fabienne Kabou speaking during the first day of her trial in the

A court psychiatrist, Paul Bensussan, said her act was possibly triggered by a deep depression related to having the child.

Kabou is on trial for premeditated murder and faces life in prison if convicted.



Source - Metro

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The witch must go to jail.......for a long timr

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