A woman arrested in France on Friday (Saturday in Manila) was being detained as part of a murder investigation into the death of a toddler suspected to be her daughter, prosecutors said.
The unidentified woman was apprehended in the eastern Paris suburb of Saint-Mande after a public appeal for her whereabouts following the November 20 discovery of the body of the girl on a beach in northern France.
The 36-year-old suspect is refusing to talk to police, but DNA tests are under way to identify her, regional assistant prosecutor Nathalie Bagny told Agence France-Presse.
Surveillance video images had shown the woman and the child taking a train from Paris to the coastal town of Berck-sur-Mer on November 19, then the woman returning alone the next day, some hours after the girl’s body was discovered.
Dozens of people were to hold a “white” march on Saturday in homage of the dead girl, believed to be around one year old and whose identity has not been made public, according to local officials.