in conflict with social services, she suffocates her baby, her trial begins

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It is a drama that had moved all of France, a mother killed her baby who had been placed by the Childhood Social Assistance… His trial begins this Monday, February 6, three years to the day after this murder.

It was the day of her first birthday, February 7, 2020, little Vanille was to celebrate her one year… But this is the moment that his mother, Nathalie Stéphan, chose to order his murder. The body of the one-year-old girl was found in a clothes container in Angers on February 9 after an abduction alert was triggered. It was the first time that this device was put in place and the outcome was tragic.

The 42-year-old mother will be tried before the Maine-et-Loire Assize Court from February 6 to 8, 2023, 3 years to the day after the facts. The mother’s complicated past with social services is at the heart of the judgment, the latter had been placed from the age of 16 to 19. Vanille was not the only child of Nathalie Stéphan, another of her daughters aged 14 today is placed exclusively in the care of her father. The mother had not been deemed fit to take care of it after the separation with the father.

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The events of February 7, 2020

The mother and her baby Vanille were staying at the Maternal Center in Angers. On February 7, 2020, Nathalie Stéphan left the premises with her daughter. It all started around 5 p.m. when a family member came to wish the little one a birthday. But when he returns, he realizes that they are no longer there, he immediately gives the alert. After some research, the family assistant warns his superiors who alert the police. The kidnapping alert device was triggered and the mother was found on the morning of February 9 in a hotel located in Nantes.

Placed in police custody, the mother quickly confesses to having killed her one-year-old granddaughter, she suffocated her with adhesive tape. But she won’t say where Vanille’s body is, Nathalie Stéphan takes several hours before confessing completely. The body is discovered on February 9, 2020, in a clothes container. The mom never hid her motives, she couldn’t stand the idea that they couldn’t no longer be housed in the maternal center of Angers and therefore decided to order this murder. Investigators explain that his act is “maturely considered since December 2019, the methods considered, the purchases made such as a knife, needles or even string. She lied many times to deceive the monitoring of people in the maternal center and her relatives to achieve her ends” Nathalie Stéphan’s past will also be dissected by the judges… From the age of 16 to 19, she was placed in a home after denouncing incestuous acts on the part of her father and numerous other acts of violence.

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Zoé is on a work-study program, she joined the aufeminin team in September 2022, she writes for the parenting section. Committed and curious, Zoé likes to write to advance…

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