The French parents of an infant girl who was found hidden in a car trunk — where she may have lived her entire life — were charged Sunday with child abuse and endangering a minor.
A mechanic found the girl, between 15- and 23-months old, on Friday when the mother brought the car to a garage in central France, AFP reports. Hearing “bizarre noises, like moans” from the car trunk, he opened it to discover the naked girl lying in her own excrement.
The girl was hospitalized and was suffering delayed growth and mental problems, doctors told AFP. Local prosecutor Jean-Pierre Laffite said the girl “was hidden, it seems since birth.”
The mother told police she gave birth in secret and was hiding the baby from everyone, including the girl’s father, her partner. Both parents have been charged and are facing up to 10 years in prison.