Child thrown from car in attempted kidnapping, Moroccan father and accomplice arrested

Images of the accident. / Ph. DR
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A heart-stopping incident unfolded on the Val Pusteria state road in Alto Adige, Italy, on February 13th. During a supervised visit with his 2-year-old son arranged by social services, a 33-year-old Moroccan man allegedly attempted a kidnapping.

In a frantic escape attempt, the man, accompanied by an accomplice, collided head-on with a camper van, resulting in multiple injuries and a harrowing ordeal for the young child.

According to Italian media, the father, residing in Germany and separated from the child's mother residing in Alto Adige, was granted supervised visitation rights. However, during the meeting near Brunico, he grabbed his son and sped away with the accomplice and the child unrestrained in the passenger seat.

Their desperate escape attempt turned disastrous when they collided with the camper van on the Perca municipal road. The impact ejected the child through the shattered windshield, causing serious injuries requiring surgery. Thankfully, his life is not in danger. The father and accomplice also sustained minor injuries, while the campervan occupants, a tourist family, remained largely unharmed.

Police promptly apprehended the pair, charging them with kidnapping, resisting arrest, and causing injury. The circumstances surrounding the man's access to the child and the need for supervision remain unclear.

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