A mother and her two children found dead, the father wanted… What we know about the ongoing investigation in Dreux

A mother and her two children found dead, the father wanted… What we know about the ongoing investigation in Dreux

2023-05-26 08:27:41

A mother and her two children, aged 13 and 18 months, were discovered dead Thursday morning in their pavilion in Dreux (Eure-et-Loir). The woman’s ex-husband, and father of two children, is currently wanted to be heard by investigators.

What happened ?

Rescuers discovered Thursday at the family home the lifeless bodies of a woman, born in 1987, and her two children, a 13-year-old girl and a male baby, about 18 months old. It was neighbors who reportedly warned the emergency services, sources close to the investigation told Le Parisien. The mother and the two children lived without the father, after the couple separated.

The baby was found in the same room as her mother and the teenager in her own bedroom.

The bodies had wounds and “the first findings lead to favor the use of a knife by the perpetrator”, said in a press release the prosecutor of Chartres Frédéric Chevallier, who seized the territorial direction of the police. judiciary of Orleans.

“The hypothesis of the homicides of the two children by their mother and then the suicide of the latter is not completely ruled out but remains very subsidiary” added the magistrate, stressing that “the intervention of a third party in the commission of criminal acts is “privileged”.

Why is the father suspected?

The former spouse of the thirties is suspected, he is currently wanted by investigators to be heard. He was sentenced in September 2021 for violence against his wife and daughter to one year in prison, including four months suspended probation, with a ban on contacting them.

“In this context, it has evolved appropriately, essentially respecting, that is to say the bans on appearance and contacts, the obligations and prohibitions decided by the trial court”, writes the parquet floor of Chartres.

However, his ex-spouse had filed a complaint on Wednesday for theft of jewelry and documents, suspecting his ex of having kept a duplicate of the keys to the house, confirmed the prosecutor. The mother also filed a complaint on May 9 after discovering a GPS tracker under her car.

The mother had been summoned in connection with this case this Monday, May 22 for a further hearing, but had not appeared before the police. Her ex-spouse had been summoned to him on June 2. According to information from Le Parisien, the man attempted suicide a few weeks ago.

“He was going crazy, he didn’t accept the separation,” a neighbor told AFP. Another neighbor assures that the mother of the family came to see him on Wednesday at 6 p.m., telling him “I’m scared”. She had wanted to file for divorce for several years, according to this neighbor.

What is the suspect saying?

Untraceable at the moment, hours before the discovery of the bodies, the father of the family posted on Facebook two messages accusing his wife of cheating on him and hitting his daughter, accompanied by photos showing bruises on a forearm . “I will end my life,” he wrote.

In a video, the forties, hard of hearing, speaks in sign language. “She has cheated on me with other men, several times, and my daughter knew that. (…) My wife told him that if she told me everything, she would hit her, ”he denounces, according to a transcript made by AFP.

Forensic identification was on site Thursday afternoon to make the first findings. At this stage, “the blatant criminal investigation continues, under the direction and control of the Chartres prosecutor’s office,” said Frédéric Chevallier.

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