The child, whom neighbours described as blond and angelic, died of head injuries on Friday night, French police said.
His mother Charlene, 25, recovered him from the machine, according to Le Parisien newspaper.She then ran to her neighbour, known only as Alice, and told her that Bastien had ‘fallen down the stairs’.
Alice told Le Parisien: ‘I picked him up and his limbs were as loose as those of a rag doll.
‘Bastien was an unwanted child’, claimed Evelyne, his grandmother.‘On the day he was born, his father was out drinking and when I told him he had a son, he said that he didn’t want him.’
A judge in Meaux placed unemployed Champenois under investigation for murdering his child and charged his wife, a mother of seven, with failing to prevent a crime and failing to assist a person in danger.Both were placed in custody and their surviving children taken into care.