British couple arrested in Spain for abandoning newborn baby

British couple are arrested in Spain for abandoning newborn baby in hospital

  • Mother still had her hospital gown on when the police tracked the couple down
  • Police were alerted to the abandonment by Antequera Hospital in Malaga
  • British couple are being held in the village of Fuente de Piedra, southern Spain

Spanish police have arrested a British couple for allegedly abandoning their new-born child in hospital.

Officers say the baby’s mum still had her hospital gown on when she was tracked down and arrested.

They have not released the couple’s age but say they were held in the village of Fuente de Piedra near Antequera a short distance inland from Malaga.

The arrests took place yesterday after the baby was left at Antequera Hospital.

A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: ‘Officers have arrested a British man and woman on suspicion of a crime of child abandonment.

‘Yesterday afternoon police received an alert from Antequera Hospital informing them a woman had given birth during the night and had just left the hospital, leaving her child there without saying anything to medical staff.

‘An operation was mounted to find the baby’s parents, which ended with their arrests in Fuente de Piedra.

‘When she was arrested, the woman still had her hospital gown on.’

The couple are thought to live in Spain, although officials could not be contacted this afternoon to confirm they were expats. 

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