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Mother awaits verdict over deaths of 8 newborns in case that shocked France

  • FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, Dominique Cottrez, 51, appears in the courtroom of Douai, northern France,  accused of multiple counts of first-degree murder of minors. The woman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade is awaiting a verdict after a dramatic and teary murder trial. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, Dominique Cottrez, 51, appears in the courtroom of Douai, northern France, accused of multiple counts of first-degree murder of minors. The woman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade is awaiting a verdict after a dramatic and teary murder trial. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Franck Berton, lawyer of Dominique Cottrez, answers reporters after the verdict in the case, Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Douai, northern France. A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a one-week dramatic and teary murder trial. After deliberating a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury on Thursday returned its verdict - twice as lenient as the 18-year prison term asked by the prosecutor against Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old married mother. The jury decided that her judgment was impaired at the time of the killings.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

    Franck Berton, lawyer of Dominique Cottrez, answers reporters after the verdict in the case, Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Douai, northern France. A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a one-week dramatic and teary murder trial. After deliberating a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury on Thursday returned its verdict - twice as lenient as the 18-year prison term asked by the prosecutor against Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old married mother. The jury decided that her judgment was impaired at the time of the killings.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Franck Berton, lawyer of Dominique Cottrez, gestures in the court shortly before the verdict in the case, Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Douai, northern France. A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a one-week dramatic and teary murder trial. After deliberating a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury on Thursday returned its verdict - twice as lenient as the 18-year prison term asked by the prosecutor against Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old married mother. The jury decided that her judgment was impaired at the time of the killings.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

    Franck Berton, lawyer of Dominique Cottrez, gestures in the court shortly before the verdict in the case, Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Douai, northern France. A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade has been sentenced to nine years in prison after a one-week dramatic and teary murder trial. After deliberating a few hours in the northern city of Douai, the jury on Thursday returned its verdict - twice as lenient as the 18-year prison term asked by the prosecutor against Dominique Cottrez, a 51-year-old married mother. The jury decided that her judgment was impaired at the time of the killings.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)  (The Associated Press)

A Frenchwoman accused of killing eight of her newborns over more than a decade is awaiting a verdict after a dramatic and teary murder trial.

Dominique Cottrez, who is 51 and has two grown daughters, faces up to life in prison if convicted by the court in the northern city of Douai. The verdict is expected Thursday.

Prosecutor Eric Vaillant sought a sentence of 18 years because she suffered from psychological problems and from proven neuroses, according to Vaillant's office.

Cottrez told investigators that she was raped by her father and was involved in a long, incestuous relationship with him, and feared the babies were children of incest. But during the trial, she said that she hadn't been raped by her father, according to French media reports.