This is an original translation by CB Sashenka with much thanks
(Although multiple French news sites carried versions of the story, which is where the translator got the additional information inserted parenthetically)
France – The father of an 11-month old baby raped in July 2013 was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Sentenced to 18 years by the criminal court in Gard (an administrative department in southern France)
(June 10th, 2016, Midi Libre, a French daily newspaper in Montpellier, southern France)
In July 2013, doctors at the hospital in Nîmes (capital of the administrative district of Gard in southern France) had discovered lesions in the anus of an 11-month old baby. Suspicion was cast on the father, Samir, who confessed during police custody (when the baby was brought to a 2nd hospital for surgery) before retracting his words later on.
In trial since last Thursday (June 9th) before the Criminal Court of Gard, the defendant (Samir), represented by Maitres Aoudia and Nougier, denied committing this despicable act. Traces of blood had been found on various objects in Samir’s home (ie, changing table, sink, flashlight).
This past Friday afternoon (June 10th) the verdict was in. Samir was sentenced to 18 years in prison in accordance with the prosecuting attorney’s case.
(TRANSLATOR’S NOTE: According to a more recent article in Midi Libre, both Samir’s brother Issam and wife Khadija defended Samir, the wife saying that what was thought to be the baby’s blood was probably Betadine, the red-colored antiseptic liquid/cream. The baby was first brought to emergency, by the parents, at one hospital in Nîmes. However, after alarming reports from the doctors concerning the extremely serious damage to the baby’s anus, ie, anal fissures evocative of sexual abuse, the baby had to be transferred to another hospital for immediate surgery. That is when the Nîmes police became involved. After retracting his confession to police, Samir attributed other causes to his baby daughter’s injuries: she might have been kicked by her 1 ½ year old brother, or she might be suffering from a disease such as constipation or cystic fibrosis. Also, there is no mention anywhere of Samir’s last name. Perhaps it was scrubbed…)