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Call for jail sentence for the 'gambling' mother arrested after leaving her child in the car

National Police station, Marbella.
National Police station, Marbella. / SUR
  • The Public Prosecutor's Office has called for 17-month prison sentences for the alleged offence of temporary abandonment of a minor by the 30-year-old German woman and her partner

The Public Prosecutor's Office has demanded a 17-month prison sentence for the woman who left her two-and-a-half-year-old son alone in the car while she and her partner allegedly played the tables in a Marbella casino. The same sentence is being requested for the mother's partner, who is also facing temporary abandonment of a minor charge.

The German couple, who were holidaying on the Costa del Sol, dispute the version of the events presented to a Malaga court and the case will go to Andaucia’s Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA) with a likely hearing in 2022.

The National Police said the events took place in the early afternoon of last Saturday (23 January) when they were alerted by a member of the public that there was a child left alone inside a parked car near the Casino Marbella.

Officers found a Mercedes car with a German number plate and inside there was a child in his car seat. The police observed that the child was half asleep, the windows were up and there were no adults around. The doors of the vehicle were apparently unlocked.

After the officers verified that the boy was fine they tried to locate his family by the vehicle's number plate, but efforts to find it in the police database were unsuccessful.

Police say that after a while, a couple came out of the casino and, seeing the patrol, ran to the vehicle. Officials identified both and verified that the woman was the boy's mother. She is in her 30s and German, like her partner.

According to sources, the woman told the officers that she had felt ill and had gone to the casino's toilets. However, the police officers found that between them they were carrying gambling chips to the value of 5,000 euros.

The police went to the casino to interview employees in order to check their story. Apparently, after talking to several staff, they discovered that the couple had been playing at roulette and blackjack tables.