Dawn: The man who beat his children with an ax has been arrested

Dawn: The man who beat his children with an ax has been arrested


A father who physically attacked his two children and his former partner in Aube was arrested on Monday evening. An appeal for witnesses had been started.

A 46-year-old man suspected of axing his 11-year-old twins and ex-girlfriend before setting fire to their home in Montreuil-sur-Barse, near Troyes, was arrested on Monday night .

The facts happened on the night of Friday January 6th to Saturday January 7th. The man broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, with whom the breakup is complicated, and attacked his children, 11-year-old twins, and their mother with an axe. He also tried to set the apartment on fire.

The vital prognosis of the three victims is unproven, but the children are seriously injured.

The man escaped and is still actively being sought. His car was found a few miles from his ex-companion’s home on Saturday morning. An investigation has been launched into three counts of attempted murder and destruction of property by fire.

About fifty gendarmes had been mobilized and the investigation had been entrusted to the research brigade of Rosières-près-Troyes and the research department of Reims.

In August 2022, the twins’ mother filed a complaint about violence against this man. The couple have been separated for several months.

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