Neglected baby put in granny’s care

SAFE HANDS: The authorities put the baby into care after social services identified clear signs of mistreatment. CREDIT: Almeria Police Press Office

ALMERIA police have put an eight-month old baby into the hands of its grandmother in Romania after social services found the Roquetas de Mar based mother was incapable of looking after her child properly.
The day after the little boy’s birth the Minors Protection Service identified clear signs there was a problem. The mother was failing to feed and clean her baby and was experiencing drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The authorities determined it was a case of neglect and the child was immediately put into foster care.
In view of the circumstances, the police’s Immigration and Borders Brigade began the process of searching for other family members to adopt the baby.
Reports on the mother concluded she had difficulties in caring for her offspring properly given her failure to have regular medical checks when she was pregnant, her substance abuse and her lifestyle.
Contacts with the General Immigration and Borders Commission and the Romanian Consulate in Almeria led to the location of the maternal grandmother, who agreed to take on responsibility for her grandson’s care and education.
Police launched the Unaccompanied Minors repatriation legal process, which ultimately had to be ratified by the Government Sub-delegate in Almeria. With all the documentation in place, the baby was finally handed over to its granny in Bucharest this week.

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