5 Mar, 2012 @ 15:25
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Parents investigated for grounding teenage daughter

A BIZARRE case has seen a mother charged for the unlawful imprisonment of her teenage daughter.

The 16-year-old girl – who had a ‘complicated’ relationship with her parents – was allegedly locked inside a country home, in Baeza, Jaen, to teach her to behave.

The apparent wayward teenager was kept at the house, with her father bringing her food twice a week for her to cook.

But after managing to escape she denounced her parents to police, describing it as a ‘kidnap’.

Her father was arrested, while her mother was asked to make a statement and later charged.

A court in Ubeda has made the girl a temporary ward of court, while a judicial investigation is now underway to establish whether a crime was committed.

The case has provoked much debate in Spain, with the ombudsman for Andalucia even stepping in insisting it is ‘excessive’ to arrest parents for using ‘grounding’ as a punishment.

The mother insisted that the case was ‘very delicate’ and the girl needed to be punished for behaving badly behaviour.

“It is not what it seems, but it appears the law doesn’t allow you to educate your own daughter,” she said.

Eloise Horsfield

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1 Comment

  1. It goes on from there. The girl absconded from the Junta de Andalucia centre that she was housed in overnight Saturday/Sunday and was found on Tuesday in Arquillos. Her and another girl from the had hitched a lift.

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