Child kid­nap­per still free

Re­leased af­ter wrench­ing baby from nanny’s arms

Costa Levante News - - FRONT PAGE - By Joe Wick­man jwick­[email protected]­

PO­LICE in Alberic took just 20 min­utes to find a kid­napped baby and re­turn him to his fam­ily on Sun­day.

An un­known in­di­vid­ual forced his way into the in­fant’s home in the Rib­era Alta town and beat up the nanny when she tried to pro­tect her young charge, then ran off with the year-old tot.

His par­ents had gone shop­ping in Va­len­cia, and the nanny – orig­i­nally from Hon­durás – an­swered the door as she thought they had re­turned early.

But a man of around 40 whom she had never met was on the doorstep, shout­ing at and threat­en­ing her.

She could barely un­der­stand him as he had a strong Ro­ma­nian ac­cent, but be­lieved he was talk­ing about ‘per­sonal re­la­tions’, mixed with other, dis­con­nected sen­tences which she de­scribed as ‘un­in­tel­li­gi­ble’.

He in­sisted the baby’s name was Mar­ius and left a pho­to­copy of some doc­u­ments in Ro­ma­nian to give to his par­ents be­fore wrench­ing him from the nanny’s arms.

As well as the child, he also took the keys to the house.

Po­lice recog­nised him from the pho­to­copy of his ID card and swiftly found him in a lo­cal bar, where he had al­ready punched the Bul­gar­ian wait­ress in the face, leav­ing her with an open gash on her cheek.

The kid­nap­per con­tin­ued shout­ing in­co­her­ent ar­gu­ments and ap­peared very ex­citable, but did not re­sist ar­rest.

Hav­ing ac­com­pa­nied the po­lice, the nanny iden­ti­fied the ac­cused and re­cov­ered the baby, tak­ing him to his grand­mother’s pend­ing his par­ents’ re­turn.

The sus­pect re­port­edly claimed he knew the baby’s fa­ther and he had ‘done ev­ery- thing he could to help him’.

Po­lice sus­pect the kid­nap­per – who had re­cently been dis­charged from hos­pi­tal af­ter a sui­cide at­tempt – suf­fers from men­tal health prob­lems.

But as he had not sought a ran­som for the baby’s re­turn, the in­ci­dent is not legally classed as a ‘kid­nap’ – mean­ing the ac­cused is back on the street.

He was re­leased with charges and an in­junc­tion prevent­ing him en­ter­ing Alberic, but the fam­ily are now ter­ri­fied he will strike again.

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