It was the grandmother who sounded the alert this Wednesday, around 10 a.m. She had to keep her granddaughters. Not being able to reach the mother, despite several phone calls, she got worried and called the fire department. On the spot, they knocked on the door of the apartment, on the second floor of a collective comprising nine apartments, located at 160, rue Hélène-Boucher, in Relecq-Kerhuon (29). And the mother opened the door to them before she fell unconscious. In a room, lying on a bed, the emergency services found the two girls, aged 4 and 6. Despite their quick intervention, they failed to revive them. The origin of death is not yet known. According to the first elements of the investigation, the bodies did not bear traces of beatings. An autopsy should be performed this Thursday.
The mother, 35, was taken to hospital.
The investigation was entrusted to the Brest research brigade. As soon as the tragedy was discovered, a large military device was deployed and the neighborhood was completely locked down. Impossible, even for residents, to circulate in the rue Hélène-Boucher, nor in the rue des Lilas, parallel to the residences. Not knowing the content of this tragedy, the police wanted to make the scene as secure as possible. Especially since the father was absent at the time of the facts. The gendarmes finally managed to locate him in Saint-Malo, where he is currently in training, and told him what had just happened.
A psychological unit set up
Shortly before 12 noon, family members attended. They were able to discuss with the mayor, Laurent Péron, also on the spot.
The two girls were educated in the town and the youngest attended the day-care center.
Family members and relatives were invited to meet at the town hall, the time of the first investigations. At 1 pm, a psychological cell was to be opened “for the family, neighbors and all those affected who would need it,” said the mayor, who was visibly very moved.
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