Monday 19 March 2018

Couple left abducted baby in church

Conor Kane and Jason O'Brien

A BRITISH couple have admitted abducting a baby boy who was found abandoned in an Irish cathedral last January.

Andrew Warriner (24) and his wife Georgina (21) took the child from his home in England on January 21. The 10-month-old was found at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow the following day.

A woman who went into the cathedral to say a prayer is understood to have heard a woman crying and then found the baby with a buggy in a side entrance to the cathedral.

A note was pinned to the buggy giving the baby's name and date of birth and, after the matter was reported to gardai in Carlow, the child was put into the Health Service Executive's care and placed with a foster family. The baby was said to have been in good health and hadn't been badly treated. He was re-united with his legal guardian in England the following week.

The couple, from Nottinghamshire, yesterday pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to child abduction.

Both made it known through their barristers that they wished to be sentenced at yesterday's hearing but Judge Tony Mitchell, who described the case as "a very serious matter" involving a "very young child", adjourned the case for psychiatric reports and remanded the couple back into custody.

The child was allegedly abducted in Nottingham in late January, and the couple then travelled to Carlow.

It is understood that they had planned to look up an old friend living in the area but the friend had moved away.

The Warriners were arrested at a hotel in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, north Wales, the following day. A Section 39 order was imposed to prevent identification of the baby boy in the UK.

Irish Independent

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