French mechanic finds baby in trunk of car

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

A couple in France has been charged with child abuse after a car mechanic discovered a baby girl in the trunk of their car.

The child is believed to be between 15 to 23 months old. She was dehydrated, found lying in her own excrement, and may be developmentally delayed, Radio France International (RFI) reported Monday.

Mechanic Guillaume Iguacel told police in Terrasson-Lavilledieu, located in central France, he heard strange sounds coming from the trunk of the car when it was brought in for repairs. He opened the trunk and discovered the little girl.

Iguacel said he had noticed a strange smell before when the car had been brought in, raising speculation the little girl may have lived nearly her entire life in the trunk.

The 45-year-old mother reportedly told police she had hidden the birth of the child from her partner.

The couple's three other children have been taken into care, RFI reported.


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