LONDON – Nancy Franc, 35, of London has been charged with the death of her 3-year-old daughter for using a waist trainer to keep her body fit.
According to reports, Nancy Franc, is obsessed with being fit. She posts several videos and photos on her Instagram page of workouts and other techniques, she claims keeps her fit. France is a single mother of 2 and a resident of Chelsea, an expensive suburb of London. She’s well known for her bright smile and personality and is always seen in the gym working out when she is not with her kids. Neighbors of Franc, know her somewhat well and always sees her with her children having a great time. However, through all of the smiles, no one knew what Franc was secretly doing with her 3-year-old daughter Grace.
Reportedly, Franc works out 5 times a day, 6 days a week but has struggled with keeping her mid-section tight after giving birth to her daughter grace. When Franc found out about the popular waist training trend, she immediately got on board and began to use the corset to assist with keeping her abdomen tight.
According to reports, Franc aspired to have her body shaped like an Instagram user who goes by the name of The Arianna Angel. Franc was obsessed with Arianna’s curvy body and flat stomach. Arianna is popular on social media, primarily Twitter and Instagram.
According to Franc’s sister, Samantha, “My sister would check Instagram every day to see if Arianna would post a new photo of herself. Nancy had Arianna on her cell phone screen saver and a photo of Arianna in her bathroom. She always said Arianna was her motivation.”
John Hacketts, a fellow member of the gym Franc attended, spoke out about how pleased she was with the results of using the waist trainer. “I would see Nancy every morning at 6 a.m. on the treadmill doing her routine workouts. I knew about her issue with trying to tighten her mid-section so I asked her how was she progressing. She told me that she started using a waist trainer which worked wonders on her abdomen.
According to reports, Franc was so pleased with the result produced from utilizing the waist trainer, she had one specifically made for her daughter Grace. This decision would be the worst decision of Franc’s life.
“At 11:00 p.m. we received a distress call from a frantic mother indicating her 3-year-old daughter stopped breathing. London Ambulance Service was dispatched to Franc’s residence along with Metro Police. When the paramedics and police arrived, Grace was found unconscious and with no signs of breathing. Paramedics quickly performed CPR on Grace to resuscitate her. Grace was unresponsive. The paramedics quickly transported Grace to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where she was pronounced dead,” according to Officer Rutherford.
Franc was questioned as to the events that lead up to the death of her daughter.
“I came home from the gym at 8 p.m. I relieved the nanny for the night and watched the tele until about 10:15 p.m. I then put my son, Byron to bed and proceeded to bathe Grace. After, I put Grace in her waist trainer and put her to bed. I went back to the common area of my home to continue to watch my favorite show, The Bill on Sky 158. I went back to check on Grace during commercial and that is when I found her not breathing,” said Franc.
Doctors immediately checked Grace to see what the possible cause of death was. According to medical reports, Grace died from asphyxiation. The waist trainer used on Grace was too tight, which crushed her rib cage causing her lungs to collapse.
Authorities questioned Franc in regards to why she used the waist trainer on her 3-year-old daughter. According to the statement provided to Metro Police by Franc, “I loved how my body turned out from using the waist trainer. I didn’t want my sweet little Grace to be a fatty so I wanted to start her off early with using it. She already had a pot belly and I didn’t want it to get out of hand. I did not want to see her turn out to be one of the chubby kids who can barely breathe.”
Franc was arrested for child neglect, endangering the welfare of a child, and murder. Franc is currently awaiting a hearing with the Magistrate to determine her fate.