Since I was a teenager, I have known I wanted children. Whether this is due to instinct, socialisation or a real desire, I will probably never know. Probably a combination of all three. Suffice it to say, if you know me or have been checking out my blog, you will know the depth of my feeling for my baby boy, and that I would kill and/or die to keep him safe.
Sadly, some mothers do not experience this overwhelming urge to protect their offspring, and there are a number of reasons why this may be so. Rape, economic hardship, physical and mental health problems etc.
What baffles me about the case of infanticide currently making headlines, is that in the case of the couple from Villers-au-Tertre, the husband has been freed because “there is not enough evidence to charge him. He denied knowing about the babies being born or killed.” (Yahoo.com, emphasis mine)
I didn’t start to show till the third trimester, but even so it’s still pretty damn difficult to conceal the fact that you are pregnant, especially from your partner. And 8 times?! Puh-lease, no one is that stupid or blind.
Do I condone the mother’s actions in killing her children? Hell, no. There is no excuse. But her husband shares equal blame in this, and it boggles my mind that he is denying responsibility for these horrific crimes and essentially leaving his partner to take the fall.
I sincerely hope that there is a special level of hell reserved just for him.