Frenchwoman, 102, suspected of murdering 92-year-old neighbour

LILLE (AFP) - A woman aged 102 has been placed in psychiatric care in north-eastern France after she was suspected of murdering her 92-year-old neighbour in a care home, prosecutors said.

The victim, was found last Saturday (May 18) 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 on 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.