Child kidnapper still free
Released after wrenching baby from nanny’s arms
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.