Couple charged over death of 'missing' French girl
PERPIGNAN, France (AFP) - The stepfather of a missing five-year-old French girl was charged on Thursday with unintentionally killing her, in a case that has gripped France.
The mother of the child, Cecile Bourgeon, elicited nationwide sympathy with her tale of how, pregnant at the time, she had fallen asleep on a park bench in May and had woken to find her little girl was gone.
The 25-year-old had issued a tearful appeal for help in finding her daughter, Fiona.
But both Bourgeon and her partner Berkane Maklouf, 32, were taken in for questioning on Tuesday and told investigators that the girl had died at home, prompting a police search.