The lifeless body of an infant was found this Monday around 6:30 p.m., floating in a watergang, rue de la Commune-de-Paris and packed in a sports bag. The information was revealed by our colleagues from Phare Dunkirk.
It was teenagers who were fishing in the watergang, finding the presence of this suspicious bag, who alerted the police. On opening the bag, she made the macabre discovery. The first observations were made on the spot, in the presence of a forensic doctor, assessing the presence of the body in the water between three and ten days. The baby could be born premature. A hypothesis which remains to be confirmed.
A preliminary investigation was opened by the Dunkirk prosecutor’s office and an autopsy ordered to determine the causes of death, as La Voix du Nord writes. It will be a question of trying to identify the mother of the infant, to determine precisely how long the body has been in the water. Finally, the autopsy will aim to establish whether the baby was born viable or not. The police of the criminal brigade of the urban security of Grande-Synthe began on Monday evening a vast neighborhood investigation in order to go back to the mother of the child. In the middle of the morning, a 37-year-old woman was taken into police custody. A measure that should be extended, according to the Dunkirk prosecutor’s office.