Ardennes: a father and his baby discovered shot dead, the thesis of a murder followed by a privileged suicide

It is the mother of the child who discovered Sunday evening, the lifeless bodies of her husband and her little girl.

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A man and his baby were discovered dead Sunday February 14 in the evening at their home in Vivier-au-Court (Ardennes), probably killed by firearms, the prosecutor’s office told AFP. The first elements suggesting a murder followed by a suicide. “According to the first elements, around 9:30 p.m. a woman in distress went out into the street indicating that at her home, her husband and a child had died”, explained Laurent de Caigny, public prosecutor of Charleville-Mézières. “The Sedan gendarmes discovered two bodies, that of a man and that of a very young child, who died violently at the woman’s home”.

The young woman, who was evacuated, in shock, to a hospital, told gendarmes that “her husband had killed the child before committing suicide”. The deceased child is said to be a little girl under one year old, reports France Bleu Grand Est. “The forensic scientist called and the technicians in criminal identification noted that the death of the child could be consecutive to a shooting by firearm”, while “the body of the adult presented massive lesions which could correspond to an autolytic gesture by firearm”, explained the prosecutor.

Autopsies “emergency” are scheduled for Monday morning, he said. The findings of the gendarmerie “will have to establish, in addition to the certain identity of the deceased, what were the difficulties that this family was going through, which at this time seemed unknown to the gendarmerie”, concluded the prosecutor.

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