It's any parent's worst nightmare: your child's lifeless body being found in the middle of the night. But the case of a five-year-old boy, discovered laying by a canal in northern France, has far more to it than it seems. Amidst suspicious circumstances, injuries, and the fact that he was clothed in only his underwear and socks, the mother and stepfather of the child were arrested. But what could they possibly have to do with the death?
The Late Night Discovery
The mystery of the case begins late at night, on the 5th of February. Just 200 yards from his house in Aire-sur-la-Lys, in France, the body of the boy was found near a small canal. Police were quickly brought on to the scene, where some highly unusual and disturbing facts. Aside from the lack of clothing, the boy had also at some point suffered a broken nose. A short medical exam found that the cause of death was cardiac arrest, which wouldn't be strange for a 70-year-old politician, but definitely extremely concerning for a five-year-old boy.
More Facts Come To Light
As the investigation unfolded, and after eight hours at the scene of the crime, the police discovered a horrific secret. That same night, the stepfather of the child, a 30-year-old had physically abused the child. The boy had wet the bed, and as punishment his stepfather forced him out into the frigid night and made him run for over a mile beside the canal. At this point, police strongly believe that this is not the first incident of parental abuse from either the stepfather or the 22-year-old mother.
At first, the broken nose and heart attack were more than enough to make the police deeply suspicious of the parents. Not only that, it was the parents themselves who called the ambulance and "found" the boy. But why were they looking for the boy in the first place? And how did they know exactly where to look?
It didn't take long for the police to act. Both parents were arrested shortly after the discovery of the five-year-old, and are now securely locked up in Saint-Omer, the closest major town. The town's prosecutor, Patrick Leleu, said that they were being held on grounds of "suspicion of violence causing death."
A Continuing Investigation
Despite the severity of the awful tragedy, and the seemingly open-and-shut nature of the case, the police are being slow and methodical. A police spokesman has said that they are exploring every possible explanation, and that they still "must determine whether the child died of cold, if this is the result of a fall, or a case of abuse." Although no explanation will ever remove the shameful stain this young boy's death has put on our world.
Its likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned toand was victorious inprofessional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills also known as Beshine measures at 59-28-36 and says shes the proud owner of the worlds largest fake breasts. And its not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, its difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isnt her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when shes knocked things over with her chest but it appears shes satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Real Life Anime Girl
Its official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we dont stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Todays example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed shes striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasnt enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.