Eya has regained her France. The little girl schooled in CM2, was abducted Thursday while she was walking with her mother on the way to her school in Fontaine, a suburb of Grenoble. According to the prosecutor's office, the father "and a hooded accomplice" had "gassed with tear gas the mother of the little girl" before seizing the child.
Thirty hours after her abduction, the girl was found Friday afternoon in Rodbyhavn, a hundred kilometers south of Copenhagen, crossing point of ferries from Germany. According to Danish police, her captors - her father and an accomplice - had been arrested and Eya had been "brought to safety".
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"The important thing is that they are together"
The little girl "is happy to have found her mother, they returned to France and the important thing is that they are together," said her mother's lawyer Melanie Muridi, adding that the child would not return to school immediately without specifying if she had returned home. Mother and daughter "need to resume a normal life, away from the hustle and bustle so they can move towards some normalcy," she continued.
On Friday evening, the public prosecutor in Grenoble Eric Vaillant had indicated that the girl was "as well as possible after such events" and the embassy of France had sent a team to Rodbyhavn "to facilitate the procedures between Eya's mother and the Danish authorities".
The mother got her little girl Eya back. The child is healthy. https://t.co/G2Zj6lIjCG
— Eric VAILLANT prosecutor of Grenoble (@egajvpr) May 27, 2023
In Grenoble, Eric Vaillant said Saturday that the handover of the two suspects to the French authorities could take "from a few days to several weeks". The evidence in the investigators' possession suggested that the father, his accomplice and the child had gone abroad, with possible destinations being Sweden and Tunisia, countries corresponding to the dual nationality of the 53-year-old father.
A judicial investigation has been opened, in particular for aggravated violence against the child's mother, as well as for abduction by ascendant and complicity. A European arrest warrant had been issued.