A 40 year old Asian mother, dressed in red, fell from the 4th-floor apartment of a residential building in Val-de-Marne southeast of Paris yesterday Monday May 25th.
When investigators entered the flat the woman had fallen from, they found a baby and a child aged 5 or 6 years, who had been stabbed to death. A knife was left next to one of the tiny victims’ bodies.
Two police sources said initial probe results suggested that the woman killed the two children before throwing herself out of the window. However the judicial source said it was too early to put forward a hypothesis.
Shocked neighbours watched as police rushed to the apartment where the tragedy took place in a leafy, residential area southeast of the French capital.
“I heard a noise and boom, I saw her lying there. A fireman in civilian clothing called his colleagues, who rushed here” and tried to resuscitate the woman, said Sikirou Salaou, a security guard at a nearby supermarket who witnessed the fall.
“A neighbour told the firemen: ‘There are children up there,’ and they rushed up,” Salaou added.
Another baffled neighbour, Gomez Goncalves, said the dead woman “had two little boys. She was nice, calm,” and had lived in the neighbourhood for at least 10 years.
Goncalves said the mother had had a series of successive partners in recent years, but could not confirm whether she was seeing anyone at the time of her death.
“There were never any arguments,” he said.