A MOTHER who snatched her dying son from a Malaga hospital was arrested after she was traced to a high-speed train taking them to Valencia.
The four-year-old has severe health problems and was waiting for a lung transplant at the hospital when his mother removed him.
Police said she had been warned her son could die without urgent medical treatment.
The woman, who is 22 and from Morocco, snatched the child from the hospital which then issued an immediate alert to police.
It was security officers at Malaga station who notified police that a woman with a young boy had boarded the high-speed AVE train to Valencia.
Police contacted the driver and were able to check both the identity of the woman and the location of the pair on the train, including the carriage they were in and where they were sitting, using the train’s CCTV cameras.
An emergency medical unit was dispatched to the railway station at Cuenca and the train was stopped.
Police and a medical team then boarded the train and found the child who was having difficulty in breathing, was drowsy and his complexion had turned blue.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of denying emergency medical care to her son.
The boy was immediately transferred by ambulance to the hospital in Cuenca.