Baby dies of alleged maltreatment by family

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A nine-month-old baby died Sunday in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, after allegedly being maltreated by his own family.

21 January 2008

MADRID - A nine-month-old baby died Sunday in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, after allegedly being maltreated by his own family.

Five relatives - his 18-year-old mother, his 47-year-old grandfather, the grandfather's partner, aged 21, and two other relatives - have been arrested in connection with the death. The same five family members took the baby to hospital just before 5am.

According to Catalan police, the initial forensic report has not confirmed the cause of death but has revealed previous signs of abuse. The case remains open.

A neighbour said that she was "surprised" at the arrests and that the mother was "very affectionate" with the child, whom she considered "well cared for." However, a friend of the grandfather criticised the mother for "partying a lot."

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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