A man with a history of mental illness was detained by French police on Tuesday, suspected of killing his wife, who was born in Haiti, and their children, who were nine months, four, seven, and ten years old.
On Monday, Christmas Day, their remains had been discovered at their Meaux, east of Paris, home.
According to the prosecutors, the individual is a plumber who has been undergoing therapy for depression and psychotic behavior since 2017.
Meaux public prosecutor Jean-Baptiste Bladier, citing the results of Wednesday’s autopsy, said the children’s 35-year-old mother and her 10- and seven-year-old daughters had received “around 10 stab wounds each” which had been “administered with great violence”.
The four-year-old and nine-month-old boys “died of asphyxia following drowning”, he added.
The suspect said that he had “not been able to identify a trigger for his act”, said the prosecutor. He has “felt nothing” and “felt empty” after murdering his family, the prosecutor added.
According to Bladier, the suspect “indicated that he had been taking his daily medication” since 2019, but had not taken it on December 24. Prosecutors did not release the exact date of the murder.
The bodies was discovered at around 9:00 pm on Monday by the Police.
Report has it that In 2019, the man attempted suicide after slashing his spouse in the shoulder blade when she was expecting their third kid. He was subsequently placed under arrest. She had declined to file a complaint.
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