Autistic child found dead in Marseille: mother admits to killing him

Investigators at the scene where the lifeless body of a 12-year-old boy was found on the banks of the Huveaune river, in Marseille, on October 29, 2022. (©AFP/Nicolas BOVE)

In police custody since Saturday, the mother of the autistic child who was killed in Marseille, on the banks of the Huveaune river, admitted the truth: it was she, overwhelmed by her son’s “crises”, who killed with a knife at the kitchen.

After less than 24 hours in the bishopric, at the headquarters of the Marseille judicial police, this 39-year-old woman “quickly recognized the facts”, explained on Sunday evening the public prosecutor of Marseille Dominique Laurens, in a detailed press release.

Killed with a knife

“At first”, the mother first “hit her son in the apartment” family, Friday, the day she reported his “disappearance”. Then he “brought him to the” cliff “” (Editor’s note: on the edge of Huveaune) where the lifeless body of the boy’s father and uncle was found on Saturday.

It was “on the spot” that he then killed him, “using a knife taken from the kitchen”, specified the magistrate, emphasizing that the child “died in the afternoon on Friday , even before the report of his loss”.

The explanations of the mother, who stated that “returned shortly afterwards (to the side of Huveaune) to remove the objects”, overlap with the “elements collected (…) both in her home and along the banks ” of the river, as well as images from video surveillance cameras, asserted Ms. Lawrence.

Before the boy’s body was discovered, Saturday afternoon, down a steep slope overlooking the water, in tall grass and brush, his father and uncle first found his jacket, at 8:30 a.m., a hundred meters away, also on the banks of the Huveaune, in the famous Capelette district.

A woman who “loves life”

The custody of the mother, from Saturday night, was prompted by the first findings of the technical and scientific police in the apartment, which seemed to leave little doubt on the thesis of infanticide.

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To the investigators, the mother spoke about the “crises” from which her 11-year-old son, autistic, suffered, explaining that “he could no longer manage the situation”: “That day” , Friday, “he estimated that it would not end,” the magistrate explained in his statement.

Saturday, at the scene of the tragedy, after the discovery of the body, the child’s aunt and uncle and neighbors explained to AFP their research throughout Friday night, until 3 am, then again throughout Saturday morning until with dire consequences.

According to them, the mother explained to them on Friday that her son ran away from her around 4 pm, after a walk. The loss was reported to the nearest police station, on the same day, from 5 pm

“I didn’t expect it to be my sister,” the child’s aunt reacted to AFP, acknowledging the “thinking” and “pacing” from the day before. “She was very protective of this child, she fought” for her, she assured about her sister, recalling “her youth as a good living, a funny young woman, who loved life”.

“The whole family has lost two people who are very dear to us,” he insisted, wavering between misunderstanding and wanting to understand this gesture.

Long custody

On Saturday, the forties explained that his sister, separated from her husband, took care “full time” of her son, his only child, and did not exercise a profession: ” I tried to help him to accompany him to specialized institutions, but that failed”.

The mother’s police custody has been extended and she will be brought before an investigating judge on Monday, with the aim of “opening a judicial investigation on the count of murder of a 15-year-old minor”, the prosecutor said.

Source: © 2022 AFP

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