THE Guardia Civil have arrested a 26-year-old German woman, accused of abandoning her new-born baby in Palma's Club Nautico.
She has been named as Jessica Maria B. It is alleged that she gave birth in the toilets of the Capitania (harbour master's office) at about 2.30am yesterday morning and left the baby inside a urinal.
The woman herself alerted the emergency services, but did not say she was the mother. She explained that she had become frightened on seeing a lot of blood and hearing a baby's cries.
The Guardia Civil based at the port rushed to the building and found the baby, in perfect health, showing no signs of violence, with the umbilical cord still attached.
An ambulance was called and the baby, a blonde, blue eyed girl, was taken to Son Dureta, where she is under observation.
A hospital spokesman said that the baby has started to eat and will be given various tests to analyse the state of her health. She will remain in hospital until the minors' department takes over her care.
The doctors who are treating her have called her Maria del Mar.
The Guardia Civil opened an investigation to trace the woman. They began to suspect the German woman who reported the baby because her shoes were bloodstained, although this could have happened when she entered the toilets.
A medical examination showed that she had given birth a few hours earlier and she was arrested. She has refused to make a statement to the Guardia Civil.
It was reported that she arrived in Palma on Friday and was on a yacht chartered by five friends, moored near Capitania. It is alleged that she had gone out at night, to La Lonja, felt unwell and returned to the boat, but gave birth in the toilets and panicked. Her friends say that they did not know she was pregnant.
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