Frenchwoman accused of killing 6 of her infants

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The Independent Online

A 38-year-old woman is on trial in northwest France, accused of killing six of her newborns after concealing her pregnancies and hiding the corpses in bags in her basement.

Celine Lesage faces life in prison if convicted in a trial that began Monday in the courthouse in Valognes, near the Atlantic coast.

She is charged with "aggravated homicide." She was arrested in 2007 after her partner at the time discovered the corpses in plastic bags in the basement of their apartment building in Valognes.

Her lawyer Veronique Carre says Lesage "does not contest the facts." Several medical and psychological experts are expected to testify in the four-day trial.