23 SEPTEMBER 2013
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A five-month-old baby boy has died after what appears to be a freak accident at Alicante airport. Whilst a detailed statement has not been issued it seems that mother and child flew into the airport last Wednesday (18 September) to meet up with her husband.
Reports claim she placed the child inside a baby carrier on a stationary heavy baggage collection belt – which was activated by the weight, setting it in motion – and watched on in horror as he was whisked off.
A Guardia Civil spokesman said: "We are still in the early stages of the investigation and looking at CCTV footage, but it seems that it was an accident.
"The mother left the baby on the conveyor belt, which can be activated by detecting weight or by an airport employee.
"It seems that the baby carrier's weight activated the belt and the child was trapped in the rollers in the drop zone".
The tragic scene was first attended by Guardia Civil officers on duty at the airport, who alerted emergency services. www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24166033
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