Belgian charged for killings at creche
A 20-year-old Belgian man has been charged with killing two infants and a 54-year-old female employee at a child daycare centre and has been remanded in custody, a prosecutor said yesterday.
The man, who was arrested Friday shortly after the rampage, was interrogated by police and then brought before a judge later that day who charged him and placed him under arrest, said the prosecutor in Termonde in western Belgium.
The accused, whose identity has not been released, was also charged with attempted murder, the prosecutor said.
Ten children and two staff were wounded, some seriously, in the attack in the town of Dendermonde near Brussels.
After staff opened the door, the man barged into The Country of Fables daycare centre with a 30-centimetre (12-inch) long knife and began slashing some of the children lying in beds, none more than three years old, officials said.
During the police interrogation, the man who had his face painted white with black around his eyes -- making some think of the Joker character in Batman -- gave no indication about his motives for the attack, a prosecution spokesman said.