Almeria ‘stolen baby’ cases closed due to lack of evidence

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TWO possible ‘stolen baby’ cases reported in Almeria have been shelved as it is imposible to obtain biological evidence to support the case.

After almost a year of work, Almeria Public Prosecutor has agreed for the two cases to be shelved as there is no proof available to confirm the suspicions of the families who reported them.

Both families had been told in hospitals in Almeria city and Huercal Overa in the 70s that their babies had died, and they, like so many people affected by similar cases in Spain, reported this to the National Association for people Affected by Irregular Adoptions.

However, the reports from the National Police contain nothing which could point to illegal activity or justify their suspicion that their children did not die. Plus the alleged burials were supposed to have been carried out in communal graces which would not allow the retrieval of evidence to confirm their suspicions.

However, one woman says that the Bola Azul hospital in Almeria told her in 1978 that her daughter had died but never told her the cause or showed her the body, as well as recommending that she be buried in a communal grave.

Another woman, who gave birth in Huercal-Overa in 1971, was told that her baby must be taken to the same hospital in the city to be treated in an incubator. One day she was told her son would be released, and the following day, with no explanation, she was told he had died. Again, she was not shown the body and the hospital took care of the burial.

The public prosecutor’s office also questioned the doctors who signed the death certificates and an employee at the funeral parlour which carried out the burial at the San Jose cemetery, but found nothing suspicious.

There have been many similar cases reported in Andalucia, and in some, bodies have been exhumed to compare DNA.

Another woman in Almeria admits that her daughter was given to her by a priest who claimed that her biological mother had given birth to her out of wedlock, and that she registered her as her own although she had her suspicions about the priest’s story.

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