Dad Killed 3-Year-Old in Washing Machine: Cops

Frenchman was punishing son for misbehaving

By Greg Wilson
|  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011  |  Updated 6:58 AM CDT
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Dad Killed 3-Year-Old in Washing Machine: Cops

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Flowers and a picture of three-year-old child Bastien are seen at the entrance of the child's parents house.

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A French father has been charged with murder after allegedly putting his three-year-old son in a washing machine to punish him for misbehaving in nursery school,

Christophe Champenois, 33, was charged with "murder of a minor" and the mother charged with failing to prevent a crime and assist someone in danger, the AFP reported.

The boy, named Bastien, was killed in the family's home in Meaux, about 25 miles northeast of Paris. A neighbor of the family said the mother came to her for help afterward, and described to the Telegraph what is was like to pick up the little boy's lifeless form.

"I took the little boy in my arms, he was frozen, completely naked," the neighbor, who only gave her first name Alice. "He was all white, limp, practically like a toy," she said.

It was not the first time the boy had been put in the washing machine, according to Le Parisien.

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