- The little girl was found alone, crying in a buggy
- Police found her parents 109 yards away so drunk they were unable to give their daughter's name
- The family was reportedly holidaying in Carcavelos, Portugal
- The girl, aged around two, was handed to social workers
- A court will decide when the little girl will be returned to her parents
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED:12:42, 6 September 2012| UPDATED:12:57, 6 September 2012
A British toddler has been taken into care after her drunk parents abandoned her during a holiday in Portugal.
The girl, aged around two-years-old, was found alone, crying in a buggy by a concerned passer-by.
Police were called to the scene and found her parents, who were described as 'middle-class teachers', 109 yards away so drunk they were unable to give their daughter’s name.
On holidays: The girl was found alone, crying in her buggy in seaside village Carcavelos, Portugal. Her parents were found 109 yards away 'completely drunk'
Officers gave the distressed child soup and water before taking her to a police station and handing her over to social workers.
The girl was found in the village of Carcavelos, 15 miles west of Portuguese capital Lisbon at 8pm on Monday.
The couple, a 40-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman who have not been named were on holidays with their daughter in the village according to newspaper Diario de Noticias.
The Public Security Police (PSP) said in a statement posted on Facebook: ‘The PSP were called to an incident in Carcavelos where a child was in a baby buggy having been abandoned.
‘It was possible to identify the parents about 100 meters away, in an advanced state of drunkenness.
‘The PSP were able to feed the child soup and water, and later at the police station, with fish and cooked vegetables.
Well known for wine: The little girl was handed to social workers after police found her and her parents in the holiday destination which became famous for its strong white wine
‘Given the dangerous situation the child was in, she spent the night at the Emergency Reception Centre for Minors in Carcavelos.’
Fabio Castro, PSP spokesman, said: ‘The girl's parents were about 100 metres away, sat on an esplanade, completely drunk.
‘They weren't able to confirm if they were the child's parents because they refused to obey the police's orders.
‘The officers tried to communicate with them in several languages.’
They were taken to a police station where they were eventually identified as the child's parents.
The Commission for the Protection of Children and Youngsters in the Cascais area of Portugal have launched an investigation.
A court will decide when the child is returned to her parents.
Carcavelos became well known for its strong, sweet white wine made famous in 1782 when the King of Portugal sent a case as a gift to the Chinese Emperor.
Wine production is somewhat reduced nowadays with the region becoming better known among surfers for good surfing conditions.
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Three children were sheltered in the early hours of this Saturday in the Aboim Ascension shelter (for endangered and unprotected children) in Faro.
The children are already with their parents.
The Public Prosecutor issued a temporary order for the children to be returned to their parents, after these have slipped into alcoholic coma and being transported to the Health Services of Loulé, leaving the children alone in the room of the tourist resort.
The Irish couple aged 32 and 35, settled into a tourist resort in Vilamoura last Friday.
The children were left in the room while parents went out for dinner.
Children are a girl and two boys of one three and six years of age.
After dinner parents went to the bar of the hotel where they consumed alcoholic drinks.
They were so intoxicated that ended unconscious and had to be transported to the Health Services of Loulé.
The children were left at the guard the police (GNR).
The police was alerted by the resort management.
During the night a representative of the Social Services was able to relocate the children in the Aboim Ascenção shelter in Faro.
When the parents recovered from the alcoholic coma, they fled from the Health Services.
Meanwhile, the public prosecutor issued a temporary order to ensure that children were returned to their parents.
The judicial process will enter today in the Court of Family and Children of Faro, where an investigation will be conducted to determine liability.
The Prosecutor believes that it may have been an act of negligence by the couple by having consumed alcohol in the presence of their children.
A Portuguese prosecutor and judge are today considering whether to bring charges against the British couple accused of abandoning their three young children following a drinking session.
The incident occurred on the eve of the first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who went missing from her family's holiday flat in the Algarve while her parents dined nearby.
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “Hunt for copy-cat snatcher”
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “Moroccan man threats” (Secondary headline from a main story about the McCann first TV interview)
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “THE parents of a Madeleine McCann lookalike who was the victim of a kidnap bid are to be quizzed by private detectives”
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007: “A 30 years old man, from Morocco, threatened to kidnap the three year old daughter of a woman who rents a coffee-shop at Fonte de Luzeiros, between Silves and São Bartolomeu de Messines.”
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “Blue-eyed blonde Carolina Santos, three, was snatched by a Moroccan-looking man four months before Maddie vanished (...) Carolina 's parents Abel and Lina (...) were working in their cafe at Fonte Louzeiros when Carolina vanished last Christmas Day. They spotted her with the stranger 300 yards away. When they caught up he fled. Lina said: "If we hadn't come out at that moment I don't know what would have happened."
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “The mother told DN that the kidnap threat was made, last Tuesday, by the man “who nobody knows what he does, for a living”, after provoking disturbs at the coffee-shop Falcão, where he was, clearly drunk. 'I will kidnap your daughter', the man told to Lina Carreira who, at the time, was holding his daughter close to her.”
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “Carolina 's parents Abel and Lina offered to help cops two weeks after Maddie, four, disappeared but were never questioned.”
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “Lina Carreira filed a complaint with GNR from Silves, the next day, and was contacted yesterday by investigators from Polícia Judiciária, to whom she told what happened.”
The Sun, December 5, 2007: “It is feared Maddie may have been snatched to order and taken to Morocco. Metodo 3 said: 'This could be relevant."
Diário de Notícias, May 25, 2007 : “Talking with local residents, DN found that the man in question is a street seller and a well known trouble maker.”
Now, a simple question to NEIL SYSON and VERONICA LORRAINE, from The Sun: How much are you being paid to do this?
Who pulled the strings?...THE SYMINGTONS..And the Scottish connections...Look no further if you dare
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