A critically sick baby abducted by his father was found late Saturday after the hospital treating him launched an urgent appeal, informed sources said.
Baby Tizio was undergoing emergency treatment for an undisclosed illness and was attached to gastric and intravenous tubes when he was snatched on Friday evening from a children’s hospital in the southern city of Toulouse, triggering an abduction alert.
He was later found at Belcaire, some two hours’ drive south of Toulouse, an informed source said, after an off-duty policeman recognised the number plate of the father’s car, which had been included in an appeal for the man’s whereabouts.
“The child is fine,” said the source.
The child’s 33-year-old unemployed father and his elder brother were arrested at a family home, the Toulouse prosecutor’s office said.
Authorities had warned the baby’s life was at risk if he did not receive immediate medical care.
“I want to talk to Brendan, Tizio’s father, to remind him of the gravity of his son’s condition, that his life is in danger, and he needs to take his boy to the nearest emergency department urgently,” the CHU Purpan hospital’s director Anne Ferrer told reporters earlier.
The father is separated from Tizio’s mother, but they appear to have been on cordial terms and he visited the baby in hospital every day.
A source close to the case said Tizio’s abducition was “incomprehensible”.
“He is a loving father who took care of his child,” said prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau.
CCTV cameras showed the father leaving hospital at around 7:30 pm, about an hour after medical staff last saw the baby.
Staff found the infant’s room empty at 9:30 pm, only alerting the mother three hours later. Read More …
Staff found the infant’s room empty at 9:30 pm, only alerting the mother three hours later. later