• Spain's news in English

Mother of abandoned bin baby arrested in Madrid

Emma Anderson · 16 Jul 2015, 11:13

Published: 16 Jul 2015 11:13 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

A Colombian woman was arrested on Thursday morning, after being identified by the Spanish Civil Guard as the mother of the two-week old infant abandoned in a bin.

The mother is said to be a 37-year-old married woman who already has three children, aged four, five and 11, according to newspaper El Mundo.

The baby was discovered by 29-year-old Rafael Diéguez while he was walking his two dogs early on Wednesday morning when he heard what sounded like an animal inside an underground rubbish bin.

"It sounded like the meow of a cat. There was a cat nearby and I thought another one could have slipped inside," Diéguez told Spanish daily ABC.

He called over a friend of his to help fish the animal out. But when they lifted the lid, they got a shock.

"When we opened the lid, we were stunned. It sounded like the cries of a baby," Diéguez said. "And then there was silence. Alarmed, I called the police."

Civil Guard officers Carlos Rodríguez and Andrés Moyano arrived shortly to the scene. They had to call in firefighters and a tow truck to lift the container.

"You could hear the agonized cries of the child," officer Rodríguez, a father of two, told ABC, explaining how worried he felt as they waited for the service vehicles to arrive.

"The minutes felt like hours. The truck was not coming and the baby had stopped crying. We considered the possibility of going inside ourselves to save him, it was very deep, but we tried to squeeze in and could not fit."

The truck arrived and they were able to tip the bin to empty its contents, finding a backpack on top with the roughly two-week-old baby inside, wrapped in bed sheets and with a baby bottle.

The infant, who has been named Marco by rescuers, was transported to hospital and is now in a healthy condition. 

Madrid officials said at a press conference that it was the baby bottle found with the infant that led them to the mother. The bottle had been issued by the Alcalá de Henares hospital and officers were able to search through a list of women who had recently given birth there.

They matched the baby's blood type, A positive, to a birth on June 30th, according to newspaper El Pais.

The mother told officers that she abandoned the baby out of desperation and because she did not have enough resources to support another child.

The woman's husband was also taken in for questioning, but was later released because they determined he had nothing to do with the baby's abandonment. The father has now been left to care for the other three children. 

The infant will remain in the care of city authorities until he can be placed in a group residence or with a foster family.

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Emma Anderson (emma.anderson@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Brit 'paedo' held on Costa del Sol after Most Wanted appeal

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives was arrested on the Costa Del Sol following a tip-off from an expat just hours after his face appeared on a public appeal.

Spain's parliament approves deficit reduction measures
Photo: Images Money/Flickr

Spanish lawmakers approved on Thursday measures to reduce the public deficit and keep it under the target agreed with the European Union.

'Cubism and War' show opens at Barcelona Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso Harlequin and Woman with a Necklace. Photo: MP

Barcelona's Picasso Museum unveiled an exhibition on "Cubism and War" on Thursday depicting how one of the most influential artistic styles of the 20th century survived the First World War.

Why this bionic limb pioneer doesn't believe in disability
Hugh Herr has been award Spain's top science prize. Photo: FPA

The Local speaks to Hugh Herr on winning Spain's top science prize and how being an amputee doesn't make him disabled.

Dine in the buff at Spain's first nudist restaurant
A buffet of organic food will be served on "human tables". Photo: Innato / Facebook

Spain's first naked dining experience is to arrive on the island of Tenerife following the success of a similar venture in London.

Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Photo: AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday cancelled a bullfighting ban in Catalonia in what is likely to exacerbate tensions between Madrid and the separatist region, and between animal activists and fans of the tradition.

Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Eta members made a ceasefire declaration in January, 2011. Photo: Gara / AFP

Five years after armed separatist group Eta declared a permanent ceasefire, Basque journalist Alberto Letona is still wondering when the dialogue will begin.

Hunt for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Call Crimestoppers if you recognize these faces.

These fugitives from British justice are thought to be hiding out in Spain. Do you recognize anyone?

Eta 'not dead' but Spain focus moves onto jihadism
Archive photo of a pro-mural in the Basque Country. Photo: AFP

Five years after Eta quit violence, the Basque separatist group has yet to dissolve but it poses little threat and authorities have shifted their focus to fight jihadists, says Spain's chief anti-terrorism prosecutor.

Brazilian suspect in grisly Madrid murder turns self in
Marcos Campos Nogueira is the chief suspect in the murder of a married couple and their two children. Photo: Guardia Civil/Twitter

A Brazilian teenager suspected of dismembering his uncle and aunt and killing their two young sons in a grisly crime that shocked Spain has turned himself in to police.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
Bison found decapitated on Valencia nature reserve
Forgotten Voices: What Brits in Spain think about Brexit
One dead and 14 injured in blast at Spanish resort
Game of Thrones want extras 'with muscles' to film in Spain
Thousands march in Madrid to push for bullfighting ban
Spanish team invents hands-free 'penis bidet'
In pics: Devastation caused by Costa Blanca wildfires
jobs available