A French mother murdered six of her newborn babies in almost as many years and hid their bodies in a basement, a court was told yesterday. Celine Lesage, 38, from Valognes, a village in northwestern France, faces life in prison for “aggravated homicide” after choking four babies by placing her finger in their mouths and strangling two others who were “more vivacious” with a cord. She secretly delivered the infants alone between August 2000 and September 2007, putting “the babies and their dirty clothes neatly in a sealed plastic bag and [hiding] them,” said Michel Garrandaux, the Cherbourg prosecutor at the assizes in Coutances. “Her attitude was wholly ambivalent. On the one hand, she expressed her desire to have children, and then she refused to keep them.” “I won’t do it again,” she told the court.