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September 24, 2021

Italians detained for trying to illegally take newborn out of the country

Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutors have decided to detain for 24 hours two Italian citizens accused of trying to take a newborn out of the country. The Italians had agreed with the expecting mother to have the newborn registered on their names, a DIICOT communiqué informs, being quoted by Mediafax.

The two are accused of trafficking in minors and forging official paperwork and IDs. Investigators have ascertained that in March 2011 the two Italians agreed with Adelina Mihai, who was nine months pregnant, to register the newborn on their name after birth. The two forged Garnero Sandra Candelaria’s ID by placing Adelina Mihai’s photograph on it. On March 5 Adelina Mihai was hospitalized within a private clinic in Bacau.
Adelina used the forged ID in an effort to convince the medical staff that she was Garnero Sandra Candelaria. The two Italians were thus registered as the newborn’s parents. On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday the two Italians tried to leave Romania with the newborn but were detained in Brasov.

DIICOT prosecutors have asked the court to place them under 29-day preventive arrest. Investigations were aided by officers from the Organized Crime Brigade (BCCO).

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