NI baby girl held in care in Portugal

Published Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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A baby girl from Northern Ireland is being held in care in Portugal over a suspected child cruelty incident, it has been reported.

NI baby girl held in care in Portugal
Albufeira is popular with holiday makers. (© Getty)

Portuguese police have confirmed to The Portugal News they were called to a hotel in the Albufeira area in the south of the country on Monday night.

Police would not disclose further details, however, it's thought they were called to the resort over concerns for the child's safety.

Eye witnesses have been reported as saying the girl's parents were seen acting in a drunken manner before the authorities arrived at the scene.

It's understood the 14-month-old baby was taken to hospital.

The British Embassy in Lisbon would only confirm that it is providing consular assistance.

A spokesman said: "We do not talk about individual cases when a minor is concerned."

The case has been passed to the family court and the girl remains in care under a court order.

The Public Prosecutor is set to decide on how the case will proceed and if charges will be made against her parents.

© UTV News
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hang your heads in shame in belfast wrote (254 days ago):
the police were right to take the baby off them if they were drunk ?how could they look after a baby if they cant even look after them selves? most people like a drink on holidays but if true this is over the top.
Lorna in Belfast wrote (255 days ago):
Let this be a warning to all parents that if you go away on holiday with your kids it won't be much of a holiday if you let your parenting slip, or your responsibilities!
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