The Syrian refugee detained in the stabbing of six people, including four young children, in the French Alpine town of Annecy has been charged with “attempted murder,” a prosecutor said on Saturday.
Abdalmasih H. “did not want to speak” during his 48 hours in police custody, nor to the magistrates leading the investigation, prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis told a news conference.
After two psychiatric evaluations, Abdalmasih H. was deemed “compatible with police custody,” she said, adding that doctors determined he did not suffer from delusions.
However, she added that it was too early to diagnose or rule out other psychological pathologies at this stage.
The victims of Thursday’s attack on a playground in the idyllic lakeside town popular with tourists were no longer in mortal danger, Bonnet-Mathis said.
The children, aged between 22 months and three years, were initially hospitalized in serious condition, with one adult also seriously injured and another slightly injured.
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