Police in Benidorm have arrested a British holidaymaker accused of abandoning her two nine-year-old twins while out drinking.
The police were alerted to the incident after a couple found one of the boys wandering the streets looking for his mother. His brother was waiting outside their holiday apartment.
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Both children were taken into protective custody and the police arrested the mother when they found her the following morning.
Spain’s National Police said in a press release reported in the Mirror:
“Police in Benidorm have arrested a 40-year-old British woman for abandoning her two nine-year-old sons in an area full of bars to continue drinking.
“At 10pm on July 27 a couple came into a police station with a nine-year-old boy they’d found walking around the streets looking for his mum.
“The youngster was with his twin brother and his mum in an area of bars and she gave them money to go to get something to eat.
“However when they returned she was not in the same spot and the boys decided to separate to look for her.
“Officers began searching for the mum and the other child and found the minor three hours later lying at the entrance to his holiday apartment in Finestrat having walked across town to reach it.
“The boys were taken to a police station and then to a child protection centre to guarantee their safety.
“She claimed she had lost her children around 8pm the previous evening while she was out drinking and admitted she hadn’t gone looking for them or alerted police because she thought they knew the way home, despite it involving them crossing the whole of Benidorm on foot.”