A British mother has been arrested in southwest France after her five-month-old baby was found dead on the last day of a family holiday.The baby’s devastated father alerted emergency services after finding the tot lifeless yesterday morning at a holiday home in the Labourd province. A coroner said the baby had almost certainly died of suffocation.
Police arrested the unidentified mother, who is in her 30s, at a gite, where she had been staying with her husband, their baby and another child, aged three. The family had all been sleeping in a single bedroom in the gite, in the village of Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle.
The mother is thought to have got up at around 9am on Saturday when the husband inspected the bed and found his child was dead. He immediately called the emergency services. Saturday was the last day of the family’s week long holiday, and they were due to return to the UK this weekend.
Bayonne prosecutor Marc Mariee said that an initial enquiry “very quickly moved towards the mother, who was placed under criminal investigation.” A coroner visited the property and found that the baby’s death was not a natural one, and almost certainly caused by suffocation. An autopsy will be performed early next week.