Spanish Hospital seizes baby from UK mother and demands she takes DNA test to prove she’s hers
A British mother has had her newborn baby seized by a Spanish hospital and told she must take a DNA test to prove the girl is hers.
And, even if results confirm Stacie Cottle, 27, is the mother, she faces waiting up to a year to bring her daughter home because the hospital’s actions mean she has missed a ten-day deadline to register a baby born abroad as a UK citizen.
‘Everyone treats me like I am a baby thief – they are calling me a criminal,’ she said. ‘It’s ridiculous.’
The baby – named Anzelika – arrived so quickly there was no time for an ambulance and, because both mother and baby were healthy, they only went for a check-up at hospital in nearby Velez-Malaga the following day.
But, instead of a caring welcome, Miss Cottle said she was treated with suspicion by hostile staff who claimed it was impossible the baby was hers and called police.
One doctor allegedly told her ‘no baby had been born outside the hospital in ten years’ and her baby was too old to be a newborn.
After an intrusive examination which proved she had given birth, doctors accepted she was a new mother but still insisted Anzelika could not be hers, and took the child into social services care while a DNA test was carried out…