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French police investigate the death of a mother and her four children in Grenoble

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According to the newspaper Le Dauphiné, the deceased’s partner and father of her four children has been in prison for several months

Macabre discovery in Grenoble, southeastern France. Firefighters found on Friday in an apartment in the La Villeneuve neighborhood, south of Grenoble, five bodies in an advanced state of decomposition: the bodies of a woman and four minor children, according to the French press.

It is believed that they were all members of the same family. The hypothesis favored by the French police is that her mother murdered her four children and then committed suicide for unknown reasons.

The firefighters went to this address alerted by a family acquaintance because the mother did not respond to their calls. Neighbors had also complained about the bad smell coming from the apartment. The apartment door was closed. After forcing the door, firefighters found the bodies. The last time the neighbors saw the woman and her four children alive was the week of February 14, according to the newspaper La Dépêche.

According to the first elements of the investigation, it could be “a homicide for the children and then a suicide of the mother, all due to the absorption of dangerous drugs,” police sources told the BFMTV television network, which specified that the deceased woman had 39 years and children between three and twelve years of age.

The woman lived alone with her four children in the apartment for a year. According to the newspaper Le Dauphiné, the partner of the deceased and father of her four children has been in prison for several months, after being convicted of domestic violence and would not have had any permission since his incarceration nor would he have received visits.

The deputy prosecutor of Grenoble, Boris Duffau, explained to the local press that “taking into account the state of the bodies, it has not been possible to verify with certainty the identities” of the deceased. It is expected that the autopsy carried out on the corpses will allow to determine the date and the exact causes of death of this family.

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