Romani child kidnapped in Czech Republic could be in Poland
Police have been searching since the afternoon of 4 July for a Romani infant from Trmice (Ústí region), 18-day-old Michala Janová, who was kidnapped by unidentified perpetrators. Polish news server Nowiny24 reports that the car driven by the kidnappers could be in Poland heading for the border with Belarus. Polish police officers are searching for a Volkswagen Tiguan with Belarusian license plates.
Jan Melša, a spokesperson for the Czech Police Presidium, has not yet commented on that specific information but did say the search for the infant has been announced to the entire Schengen area, which includes Poland and more than 20 other European countries. "We are searching the entire Schengen area. When it gets input into the Schengen Information System, it automatically runs in all the member states," Melša said.
According to Petra Trypesová, spokesperson for the North Bohemian Police, detectives have not yet received any official information about the car's movements from their Polish colleagues. "The investigation of the kidnapping is ongoing," she told the Czech Press Agency today, adding that police would not be publicizing details. She did not want to comment on the eventual interrogation of the father of the kidnapped girl.
Nowiny24 claims the entire Polish border guard is on alert for the possibility that the car with the kidnappers is on Polish territory. Polish police are also asking anyone who has seen the car for detailed information. German police are also searching for the kidnappers.
An unidentified, dark-haired white male between 180 and 190 centimeters tall kidnapped the little girl on Wednesday afternoon. The man grabbed the child from a pram in full view of her mother, got into a car, and drove off in the direction of the German border.
Police say the man put the child into a black VW Tiguan. Its license plate, 3U1 4474, had been stolen from another vehicle.
At the time of the kidnapping the child was wearing a long-sleeved grey t-shirt with blue stripes, grey sweatpants with a red strip, and pink fabric booties. Underneath her clothing she was wearing a white onesie with a crocodile on the chest. The little girl has a half-centimeter birthmark on the left side of her neck above her shoulder.
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