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Woman, aged 102, suspected of murdering 92-year-old neighbour at French care home

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Woman, aged 102, suspected of murdering 92-year-old neighbour at French care home
The nursing home was in the north eastern French town of Chezy sur Marne. Photo: AFP
08:50 CEST+02:00
A woman aged 102 has been placed in psychiatric care in northeastern France after she was suspected of murdering her 92-year-old neighbour in a care home, prosecutors said.

The victim, was found on Saturday night dead and with her face swollen in her room at the care home in the town of Chezy-sur-Marne.

The autopsy showed she died "as a result of asphyxiation caused by strangulation and blows to the head", prosecutor Frederic Trinh said in a statement.

"The resident of the neighbouring room, aged 102, appeared in great agitation and told one of the medical staff that she had 'killed someone'," he added in the statement late Wednesday.

Due to her state of confusion and agitation, the 102-year-old was transferred to a psychiatric unit after undergoing tests.

An investigation has been opened into "voluntary homicide against a person vulnerable due to their physical condition".

It has not been possible to interrogate the woman but the investigation has not been closed, Trinh told AFP.

She will undergo a psychological examination to determine if she is eligible for penal sanction or criminally irresponsible, he added.

 
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