The girl, aged six months and very premature, was kidnapped on Friday by her parents. A man close to the family was taken into custody.
UA police operation was underway on Saturday November 26 on national territory to find a six-month-old girl, entrusted to child welfare and abducted by her parents on Friday at the Saint-Étienne University Hospital, we were told. learned from the city prosecutor’s office. The kidnapping alert was not triggered because the Saint-Etienne prosecutor’s office considered that the criteria, in particular that of endangering the child, “were not met”.
The six-month-old girl, presented as a very premature baby, was in care on a respirator when she was abducted, late Friday afternoon, from the pediatric department of the Hôpital Nord de Saint-Étienne by her parents. of foreign origin, who deceived the vigilance of the staff of the establishment, according to the same source.
“An order prohibiting the child from leaving the territory has been taken”, specified to Agence France-Presse the deputy public prosecutor of Saint-Étienne, André Merle, who entrusted to the departmental security of the Loire a preliminary investigation for “removal of a child from the authority to which he was entrusted”.
A man was arrested and taken into custody, said a source close to the investigation. According to the latter, it would be a close relation of the couple.
An important mobilization to find the child
“This little girl is the subject of a temporary placement by a children’s judge with the Childhood Social Assistance because of educational deficiencies identified in her family”, it was further explained, adding that the ‘ASE herself entrusted her to the hospital in view of her state of health.
Several members of the parents’ entourage were heard, some of them in police custody, then released, a source close to the investigation told Agence France-Presse, who reported the mobilization of significant human and technological resources to find the girl.
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