A mother, who took her eleven-month-old little boy to a hospital on the Costa del Sol with 'stomach problems' has been arrested - along with the father - after the baby tested positive for cocaine.
Doctors at Marbella’s Costa del Sol Hospital sounded the alarm and called in the police after the shock diagnosis and the young child’s condition worsened.
The child had to be transferred to the Materno Infantil children's hospital in Malaga, where he was rushed straight into an intensive care unit. He remained there for a month, until being moved to a ward in mid-January, where he remains according the National Police.
While the boy was in hospital, the police investigation concentrated on the baby’s home environment. They found that he lived in a property in Estepona with his parents - a man of Colombian nationality and a Spanish woman, both 26 years old - as well as with the five-year-old daughter of the couple.
Police discovered that the baby's parents are both habitual cocaine users and found that the father had been arrested previously for a drugs crime and that the mother, when she was in the final stretch of the child's pregnancy, went to the hospital with a health problem. An analysis at the time showed that the woman tested positive for cocaine.
After a search of their home the parents of the baby were arrested on abuse charges.
Under the Junta de Andalucía’s protection of minors legislation the parents have been prohibited from visiting the child. The baby's sister has been put provisionally in the care of her uncle.