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Holiday boy's 'body found in Spanish reservoir'

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Holiday boy's 'body found in Spanish reservoir'

Post by ufercoffy on 24.07.10 15:41

Police in Spain have found the body of a five-year-old German boy in a reservoir.
The boy, who was apparently on holiday with his mother, went missing last Tuesday.

Police say the woman, who is in a city hospital, reported the disappearance of the child when she was found in a distraught state at a petrol station on Tuesday.

Although police released pictures of both the mother and child on Thursday, they did not formally name either, and identified her only as 'Tanja K'.

The boy's father and other relatives had flown from Germany to join in the search.

The case is sure to revive memories of Madeleine McCann who disappeared three years ago, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal.

The British girl went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the resort of Praia da Luz, a few days before her fourth birthday,

A civil guard spokesman in the city of Cordoba, southern Spain, said on Thursday night that the child's body was found by police searching a zone outside the nearby town of Espiel.




Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/holiday-boys-body-found-in-spanish-reservoir-14887749.html##ixzz0ubvln8O0
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Re: Holiday boy's 'body found in Spanish reservoir'

Post by Tony Bennett on 24.07.10 19:45

@ufercoffy wrote:Police in Spain have found the body of a five-year-old German boy in a reservoir.
The boy, who was apparently on holiday with his mother, went missing last Tuesday.

Police say the woman, who is in a city hospital, reported the disappearance of the child when she was found in a distraught state at a petrol station on Tuesday.

Although police released pictures of both the mother and child on Thursday, they did not formally name either, and identified her only as 'Tanja K'.

The boy's father and other relatives had flown from Germany to join in the search.

The case is sure to revive memories of Madeleine McCann who disappeared three years ago, while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal.

The British girl went missing from an apartment, in the central area of the resort of Praia da Luz, a few days before her fourth birthday,

A civil guard spokesman in the city of Cordoba, southern Spain, said on Thursday night that the child's body was found by police searching a zone outside the nearby town of Espiel.

Read more: [url=http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/holiday-boys-body-found-in-spanish-reservoir-14887749.html##ixzz0ubvln8O0
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/holiday-boys-body-found-in-spanish-reservoir-14887749.html##ixzz0ubvln8O0[/quote[/url]]

There are 36 news stories about this on Google News at the moment, here's the top one with points of interest I've picked out in red:

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The boy’s father travelled to the Cordoba region from Dortmund to identify his son, whose body will now be examined in a post-mortem to find out how he died.

Local media reports suggest there is no sign of violence, and that it is expected that the boy, who has not been named, died of dehydration, heat exhaustion or a fall.

The boy’s 40-year-old mother notified Spanish police that he was missing on Thursday, having shown up at a petrol station in a distressed condition, acutely dehydrated and covered in scratches and bruises.

She told police she had left home in Herdecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, to drive to Spain about a week previously, but was unable to say what had happened with her son.

Police found two rucksacks – one large, one small – and several empty bottles of water near the boy’s body and are working on the theory that they suffered some kind of accident while hiking and that she left the child to go get help.

No records have been found of the pair having stayed in local hotels, and detectives believe they had been sleeping in their car, which was found on Tuesday near a religious shrine.

They had been seen on a fishing trip on Sunday, and had then asked for help on the Monday because the car had broken down.

The woman will remain in hospital until at least Monday.

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Comment: Clearly a lot more to come out and a lot more explanations needed
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Re: Holiday boy's 'body found in Spanish reservoir'

Post by aiyoyo on 24.07.10 23:17

Clearly another unattended to child, or expected to do too much for himself at that tender age.
What a tragedy.
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Re: Holiday boy's 'body found in Spanish reservoir'

Post by ufercoffy on 24.07.10 23:55

But why can't the media report on a tragic case without mentioning Madeleine? Why can't a tragic story be solely about the child in question? This is happening time and time again. I wonder how the parents of the child in question feel to have their tragic story hijacked? No other missing child is ever mentioned, only Madeleine.

(sorry Madeleine , I don't mean to trivialise your plight of course, but each missing/abducted/murdered child should be respected for themselves)
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Madeleine has become an icon for missing children

Post by Tony Bennett on 25.07.10 11:44

@ufercoffy wrote:But why can't the media report on a tragic case without mentioning Madeleine?
Simple answer, ufercoffy. Because, as the McCanns themselves have said on more than one occasion:

'Madeleine has become an icon for missing children'.
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Post by aiyoyo on 28.07.10 20:35

@Tony Bennett wrote:
@ufercoffy wrote:But why can't the media report on a tragic case without mentioning Madeleine?
Simple answer, ufercoffy. Because, as the McCanns themselves have said on more than one occasion:

'Madeleine has become an icon for missing children'.

You know, when I think about that statement now, I am thinking why did they say that?
Isnt it more important that Maddie is discovered and returned safely?
Is that proof of a freudian slip - that they knew she is dead, never to be found or returned, and thanks to their spin she will always be termed 'missing' hence they then use the word 'Icon' to make market her.
Icon always apply to someone known but dead.

Oh the ingenuity of the mccanns !
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He died of thirst and heat exposure

Post by Tony Bennett on 28.07.10 21:03

The awful truth in this case is beginning to emerge, slowly...

Mom charged with negligence after son's death
Madrid - 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 disappearance.

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. - Sapa-AFP

Mum arrested after son dies of thirst

18:00 AEST Mon Jul 26 2010
2 days 3 hours 7 minutes ago

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Police released this image of the pair.

A German mother whose son died of thirst after she left him when their car broke down has been arrested.

The 40-year-old mother, who was on holiday in Spain with her five-year-old boy, has reportedly been accused of negligence and breach of supervision by Spanish police.

The boy's body was identified at the weekend after it was found at the Puente Nuevo reservoir near the city of Espiel, Bild.de reported.
According to Spanish authorities, the boy had been crouching underneath a bush in an attempt to protect himself from scorching 40 degree heat.

Police found burns on his arms which were probably caused by touching the hot ground.

Police believe the boy and his mother were travelling in a car when it broke down in a remote area.

The pair then began walking to get help, and soon after the boy allegedly fell over and hurt himself.

Police said the mother apparently decided to leave her son behind and continue looking for help.

The mother arrived at a petrol station on Tuesday last week in a state of shock and was taken to hospital suffering from heat-related injuries. It was not clear how long it had taken her to reach the petrol station.

A search began for the boy but his body was not found until several days later.

The official cause of death has been ruled as heat-related multiple organ failure.

Police said they found two backpacks and several empty water bottles near the body.

Authorities had initially not told the mother her son was dead because they believed she was mentally unstable.

She was told of the death and interrogated by police for several hours today, according to reports.
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Re: Holiday boy's 'body found in Spanish reservoir'

Post by Mike on 28.07.10 21:09

It's curious how some truths are allowed to emerge slowly whilst other truths must remain hidden at all costs.
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Post by kangdang on 31.07.10 23:44

I'm not to sure what to make of this story, especially in relation to the negligence charge. If the child had an accident which made it difficult for him to walk, it is possible that the mother felt it better to leave the child under the shade of a bush and search for help, perhaps believing it would be quicker and easier - 5 year old children are typically rather cumbersome to carry, this exaggerated I expect in scorching temps. Would these actions really amount to negligence or more a tragic set of circumstances?
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Post by littlepixie on 01.08.10 0:02

I can remember getting lost years ago in the mountains in Spain. It started out as a lovely day out and after a few hours almost ended in panic. We had 3 children with us in the car. We drove for hours and each time we reached the top of a mountain expecting to see the sea it was just another mountain in front. It was horrible. We eventually saw 2 Police Officers who were having a fag in the middle of nowhere. We asked the way as best we could but they werent very helpful.
Some of those roads are really dangerous and some end in sheer drops with no warning. We had no water with us as we didnt expect to be out that long and whilst there was loads of oranges on the trees at the side of the road I didnt panic too much.
Eventually we saw the sea on the horizon and headed for that. I am just glad we had enough petrol to reach civilisation.

Was this lady really hiking or had she broken down and was trying to walk back?
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Post by kangdang on 01.08.10 1:12

I thought she had broken down. Either way it is a terrible, terrible shame, that poor little lad..dying all alone, very sad.
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