“I thought that in the hospital, she would be protected”: the suicide of a young girl within the AP-HP questions the safety standards

Véronique Le Mouel often wakes up at 2 a.m. A start in the twilight, caused by his mind remained frozen at a time when this January 27, the head of the pediatric department of the Ambroise-Paré hospital, in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), the roused from her sleep to announce the suicide of her 16-year-old daughter, found dead below the building where she was hospitalized. For ten months, this 60-year-old plastic sculptor has been sitting several times a week at her desk. She writes letters to Juliet, “To keep her with me”. “I still haven’t managed to cry, I’m too angry”, she explains.

At the beginning of October, this mother of three children carried complaint with the constitution of civil party in order to obtain the opening of a judicial investigation for “manslaughter” and “failure to provide assistance”. She wants to understand the chain of facts and the failures that led to this brutal death, while a first preliminary investigation of about thirty pages and six hearings conducted by the Boulogne-Billancourt police station is in the process of being classified without continuation by the parquet of Nanterre.

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Schooled in 1re in Vanves (Hauts-de-Seine), Juliette is a good student who loves the visual arts, fashion and science. She has friends, a boyfriend. She lives in joint custody between her parents, separated since she was very young. She gets along well with them, finds her father sometimes distant and her mother anxious, but nothing alarming, until her first scarifications in class of 2from. At this time, the first dark thoughts emerge – “She remembers having wanted to throw herself into the void”, mentions his medical file.

With the first confinement, Juliette begins to worry about her weight. She removes sugar and then fat from her meals, starts counting calories, spends herself in her room. Her diet becomes a subject of tension: she no longer eats anything at the table, then has binges, secretly vomits. The altercations with his entourage around food multiply. Véronique Le Mouel contacts the Ambroise-Paré pediatric service for a consultation request for eating disorder (PDD).


The girl starts her year of 1re, a little euphoric, but continues to lose weight. At the end of November 2020, an entry was decided within the TCA wing of the pediatric department of the hospital, because it weighs only 38 kg for 1 m 66. “Severe undernutrition in the context of restrictive anorexia nervosa” is diagnosed. His mother is reassured: “Ambroise-Paré had a good reputation, I told myself that there, she would be protected and safe. “ This is the very principle of hospitalization, allowing patients to decompensate safely.

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“I thought that in the hospital, she would be protected”: the suicide of a young girl within the AP-HP questions the safety standards