Baby in care in Portugal can go home

Published Wednesday, 21 May 2014
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A baby girl from Northern Ireland who was held in care in Portugal over a suspected child cruelty incident will be allowed to return home with her parents, it has been reported.

Baby in care in Portugal can go home
Albufeira is popular with holiday makers. (© Getty)

According to The Portugal News, the 14-month-old child spent three nights in hospital after being taken into care by authorities following concerns about her safety.

Eyewitnesses reportedly claimed her parents were seen acting in a drunken manner at a hotel in the resort of Albufeira in the Algarve, southern Portugal, before police were called to the scene.

The case was passed to the family court while the girl remained in care under a court order, however it now appears that no further action will be taken.

It is understood Portuguese child protection services have said the baby will be allowed to return home to Northern Ireland with her parents.

The Portugal News reported on Wednesday afternoon that the child has now been released from Faro Hospital and is thought to have been handed back to the family.

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