Dad Drowned Son in Washing Machine for Chilling Reason


Three-year-old Bastien never had a chance when his 33-year-old father Christophe Champenois pushed him into the washing machine. The toddler died from his injuries, which were allegedly inflicted because he acted out in his preschool class. But the real reason, according to his grandmother, is much more chilling.

The boy's grandmother told Le Parisen that Bastien was an "unwanted child." She reported that the day Bastien was born, his father was "drinking with his friends and told me he didn't want the child." So for three years, the father abused this child until one day he finally killed him. And it wasn't the first time he had placed the child in the washing machine, according to The Huffington Post.

There are certain stories that really get under any mom's skin and those that involve children are often the worst. This one is one of them. As the mom to a 3-year-old boy, it's hard for me to even imagine yelling at him. So how could anyone hurt a child this way?

We have a tendency to think these kinds of problems are unique to the United States, but this story proves without a doubt that they aren't. These are human problems and they're across the world.

What kind of father doesn't want a child and then treats him this way? Even more, what kind of mother knows this and leaves her child with him? There are so many questions and even 100 news stories couldn't answer them.

No matter how many news stories I read like this, I will never understand what possesses someone to hurt a child when there are so many people around the world who can't have them and want them so desperately. There are other options that don't end in such tragedy.

Maybe if people refused to carry unwanted children or they gave them up for adoption or they were able to admit the truth to themselves, then maybe there would be less of these tragedies. This beautiful boy lived a short, painful life and died an awful death. Maybe if people hadn't been so willing to accept the idea of "unwanted," he could have had a better life.

No child should be "unwanted." There are too many other options available to parents who find themselves in that situation. There is no excuse for what this "father" has done and I only hope his punishment is half as painful as what he did to his child.

Does this make you sick, too?


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R.I.P. Beautiful Baby Boy!

I consider myself a pretty compassionate and overstanding person, and my recent journey into neuroscience and human development has made me ever more so allowing great insight to the why we do what we do.  Then I read a story like this one  (unfortunely 1 of many) and logic and rational can not squellish the emotional response that the way this child was abused and sadistically murdered that these people were and are intellectually and emotionally incapable of doing the right thing and giving this child up for adoption (or maybe not having him).  The sad reality is some people are not fit to be parents.  I feel sympathy for them, becasue I know people hurt others out of their own pain, but it is so unfair people, particularly children to suffer cause of someone else's unchecked pain. Which lead us back to something has to be done.  And I think it should include switch and just punishment, a medical system overhaul to birth  health people and address mental/emotion issues effectively and a society overhaul so that health babies can be raised to be a healthy adult.


Also....Responsibility check: who or what turned this man into this monster and why didn't they do something earlier like at 5 when the signs that he was a monster in the making first showed their ugly head.  And why in the world didn't some freaking body save this child?  Grandma knew and mom had to have known.  The whole darn neighborhood probably knew this child was being abused! And just as a woman: why did the mom date, have a baby and then leave him in the care of Demonic Dad? Sadly the answers to these questions are probably the same as to why this Monster murdered his child in the first place! Society has whole a lot of work and a long way to change, heal or evolve (whatever we call it). And all the child abuse and murder stories show we are so so so far behind and desperately need stop wasting so much money on junk like flying to the moon and save our babies...

dixie... dixiechick2

This is sad. The monster that did this, should be thrown to hungry alligators or into shark infested waters, so he'll know the pain that the little boy felt! The boys so called "mother" should be punished too, she left him with his father knowing how he felt about him! R.I.P sweet little boy, no one can hurt you anymore.

misha... mishamama

There are many things I dont understand in this world, but the most thing that I can and will never understand and that angers me is people that hurt their own children. Stupid scum of the earth shouldnt be spared for his life, I say beat him to a pulp and stuff him into a washing machine. Disgusting.

Torto... Tortoise77

heart breaking...... : /

LikeA... LikeAVirgin

Do not let me get my hands on this father!!!!! >:( or that sick excuse for a mother!

People should be outraged about this.

An angel has been returned to Heaven, R.I.P Bastien.

Maggie Fanelli

I liked this article until the "Maybe if people refused to carry an unwanted child..." part. That's a great plan. Better kill 'em early before they can cry and stuff!

nonmember avatar Liz

A cluster of cells and a small child are in no way the same...

lissa... lissalynn83

In comment to Liz: The small child was once a cluster of cells. They are the same. If left to nature, the cells will become a child. Can't have a child without the cells, so they are one in the same, and it is on that view that I base my pro-life views. But this isn't a post about pro-life vs. pro-choice. (Which, btw, I respect anyone's personal decision to be pro-choice...everyone has their own opinions). 

R.I.P. sweet angel Bastien. So very, very sad. 

Snark... Snarkymom

Right-I agree Maggie!  Although "accidents" happen, most people become parents because they are irresponsible in preventing pregnancy to begin with.  It's called birth control!  Then we wonder why they abuse and even kill their children.  That poor baby must have been so scared :(

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