Grave to be opened in Madrid

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MADRID Public Prosecutor has ordered that a grave in Barcelona be opened to investigate a possible ‘stolen baby’ case.

In August 1982, a girl was born at the Nuevo Parque in Madrid but 48 hours later her parents were told that she had died, although they did not see the body, and only the father attended the burial in Madrid as his wife was too upset.

Although in most cases the remains of the babies which were said to be dead were allegedly buried in communal graves, in this case, five years after the burial, the cemetery called the person who had organized the burial to ask if they wanted to pay for the remains to be placed in a permanent niche or placed in a communal grave.

Most families didn’t get this option because it was the hospitals that had arranged the burial. But in this case, the remains allegedly belonging to their baby girl were sent to a cemetery in Barcelona to be buried with her grandmother in the family pantheon.

However, the mother, who now lives in the USA now doubts that her baby died and came to Madrid to report to the public prosecutor that she believes she tricked and her daughter sold to another family.

Madrid Public Prosecutor has received 210 similar complaints regarding babies allegedly stolen between the 1940s and 1980s.

Sixty have been shelved for lack of proof.

In this case, the mother will be able to find if the tomb is empty or if the remains of a baby are inside, and if this case, DNA tests will reveal whether they belong to her daughter.

So far, none of the almost 1,000 reports throughout Spain have resulted in anyone being charged.

However, some exhumations, such as those carried out at the cemetery at La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz, have revealed empty graves or bones too large to be a baby’s.

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