French woman who left baby to drown gets 20yrs'

2016-06-24 20:13
A court sketch of Fabienne Kabou. (Benoit Peyrucq, AFP)

A court sketch of Fabienne Kabou. (Benoit Peyrucq, AFP)

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Saint-Omer - A woman who claimed that witchcraft caused her to leave her baby to drown on a beach in northern France was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in jail.

Fabienne Kabou, 39, had faced life imprisonment for the November 19, 2013, murder, but the court deemed that she suffered from impaired judgement.

The court in the town of Saint-Omer, near Calais, also ordered Kabou to undergo psychological treatment.

The woman of Senegalese origin confessed to travelling from her home near Paris to the town of Berck on the English Channel with the aim of drowning Adelaide, who was 13 months old.

Kabou checked the local tide chart before abandoning the baby on the beach to the rising waves.

Prawn fishermen found Adelaide's lifeless body the next morning.

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