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French man jailed for 30 years after killing 3-year-old son in washing machine

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Sat Sep 12 2015, 11:49 am

BastienA French father has been jailed for 30 years after killing his three-year-old son in a washing machine, apparently a penalty for misbehavior.

Christophe Champenois, 36, rammed three-year-old Bastien into the washing machine, switched it on and went to serve the internet in the town of Germigny-l’Eveque, east of Paris, in November 2011.

Charlene Cotte, 29, the child’s mother told investigators that she did a puzzle with her daughter, and Champenois used the internet while their son screamed inside the whirring washing machine.

She said when her ex-husband removed Bastien from the machine and noticed he was no longer breathing, he said: “At least he won’t bother us anymore.”

The court sentenced Cotte for 12 years, for “aiding and abetting murder and violence”.

After noticing that Bastien was no more breathing, Champenoiswho called emergency services and said that his “small problem” had fallen down the stairs.

But Bastien’s older sister, then five, told the doctor that her brother was put in the washing machine.

“Daddy put Bastien in the washing machine because he was naughty at school” she said.

A neighbor who saw the child also told investigators that when she arrived she saw the child as “frozen, completely naked. He was all white, limp, practically like a toy.”

Investigators revealed that Bastien was not wanted by his father for having misbehavior at home and school.

Isabelle Steyer, lawyer for a child protection group said that: “This is not an isolated act… it is not a fit of rage or madness, it is the final act of violence against a child who was always mistreated.”

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