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Child, 4, hides under corpse in brutal French Alps slaying

By Jamey Keaten in Annecy, France ( China Daily ) Updated: 2012-09-08 08:23:41

French authorities struggled on Thursday to explain why no one found a 4-year-old girl for eight hours at a blood-strewn crime scene as she huddled in a car under the skirt of a corpse - apparently her dead mother or grandmother.

The stunning discovery on Thursday of the girl, apparently unharmed, heightened the drama around a mysterious shooting rampage in the French Alps that left four adults dead and a 7-year-old girl hospitalized after being shot and brutally beaten.

The reason for the slayings remained unclear a day after a cyclist came across the corpses in a wooded area near the mountain village of Chevaline. It took on increasingly international ramifications, with links emerging Thursday tying the slain family on Britain, Iraq and Sweden.

Child, 4, hides under corpse in brutal French Alps slaying

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