The 53-day-old boy died in Katerini in August 2014, with the forensic report stating that his death was caused by dehydration and malnutrition
The Mixed Jury Court of Appeal of Thessaloniki acquitted, due to doubts, a couple with many children, who were accused of fatal exposure of their newborn child.
The only 53-day-old boy had lost his life in Katerini, in August 2014, with the forensic report stating that his death was due to dehydration and malnutrition.
Under these circumstances, the parents, residents of the Roma settlement of Katerinis, were charged and sentenced in the first instance (by the Polygyros Mixed Jury Court) to 8 years in prison.
The specific sentence was decided not to have a deterrent effect on its execution, with the consequence that both the father and the mother were sent to prison (the former served 2/5 and was released, while the latter was released following an application for suspension of the execution of the sentence).
During their detention, a total of 9 children were hosted by relatives.
The accused parents denied the charge of fatal exposure, stressing that the newborn was suffering from some unspecified medical condition that prevented him from receiving breast milk.
“We ran to the hospitals, we were interested in the fate of our child. As we took care of the other children, so we took care of this one too” the accused parents pointed out and added that a hospital doctor recommended them special baby milk, but due to their financial weakness they were unable to purchase it.
“We turned everywhere for help,” they emphasized.
After the acquittal verdict of the Court, the couple is oriented to appeal to the Justice, asking for compensation for the period of their “unjust detention, as stated by their lawyer Paschalis Chatzikontzios speaking to APE-MPE.
He said that “if there had been a diagnosis at birth we would not have reached this point”.
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