54-year-old woman suspected of abandoning two children in Aarhus

54-year-old woman suspected of abandoning two children in Aarhus
The two children found in Aarhus on December 14th. Photo: Østjyllands Politi/Ritzau Scanpix
Two children found abandoned in Aarhus speak a language thought to be from Afghanistan.

The two children, a boy and a girl, are described as having a “Dari accent”, Ritzau writes. Dari is spoken in by large parts of the Asian country’s population and is one of its two official languages along with Pashto.

Police were on Monday morning looking for an interpreter to help them figure out where the children are from and how they came to be abandoned.

Surveillance camera footage from the area where they were found was being studied and officers were also in touch with local hospitals to rule out any potential accidents having befallen the parents.

A 54-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of abandoning them, and a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman are also of interest to police in the case, police confirmed at a press briefing on Monday afternoon.

East Jutland Police asked for the 54-year-old to be remanded in custody on Monday afternoon at Aarhus City Court. She is suspected of leaving the two children in a helpless condition and is related to the little girl and the little boy. 

The girl is estimated to be about one year old, while the boy is believed to be two and a half years old.

The woman was arrested in an apartment in central Aarhus. She is an Afghan citizen and has legal residence in Denmark.

The two children were found on Park Allé, a busy central street in Aarhus, on Saturday evening.

They are currently in the care of Aarhus Municipality’s family care centre and are doing well under the circumstances, police said.

Police officers visited several addresses in Jutland on Sunday in an attempt to find the parents.

In the town of Ølgod, two people — a man of 33 years and a woman of 25 years – were detained in order to establish their identity.

“There could be multiple theories,” police inspector Michael Kjeldgaard said at the press briefing when asked why children may have been abandoned.

East Jutland Police released photos of the children on Sunday as part of the effort to find out where they came from.

The story has been reported in neighbouring Sweden and Norway, and police telephones have been ringing regularly in relation to the unusual case.

“We are being snowed under (with calls) and have had a minor telephone storm from the public and the press. Including media from Norway and Sweden,” East Jutland Police spokesperson Jakob Christiansen said prior to the woman's arrest.


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