Dead German boy's mother charged with negligence in Spain
A court in Spain has charged the mother of a five-year-old German boy who died from heat exposure last week after he was abandoned under mysterious circumstances with criminal negligence, police said Sunday.
The woman was questioned and charged on Saturday after an autopsy determined that the boy died from multiple organ failure caused by the heat or from severe dehydration.
His body was found at the Puente Nuevo reservoir near the city of Espiel in southwestern Spain on Friday surrounded by empty water bottles and two rucksacks, three days after the woman reported his dissappearance.
She was found in a distraught state at a petrol station, disoriented and bearing bruises and scratches, suffering from dehydration.
She told police she had left their home in Herdecke in Germany by car with her son about a week ago but was unable to say what happened later.
One of the hypotheses on which the police are working is that the mother and child suffered some sort of accident while hiking in the mountains and she left the boy behind while she went to seek help.
Temperatures in the region have soared to around 40 degrees Celsius (more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) in recent days.
The woman, who Spanish media report is mentally unstable, remains at the Reina Sofia hospital in Cordoba, southern Spain.
The boy's father arrived in Spain on Friday from Germany to identify the remains of his son. He had separated from the boy's mother several months ago.
© 2010 AFP