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    Brit girl, 2, taken into care after drunk parents abandon her in Portugal

    The British toddler taken into care after being abandoned by her drunken 'teacher' parents in Portugal
    • Scarlet, 2, was found alone, crying in a buggy in Carcavelos, Portugal
    • Police found her parents 100 yards away so drunk they were unable to give their daughter's name
    • The little girl was handed to social workers
    • A court will decide when the little girl will be returned to her parents
    By Mail Foreign Service

    PUBLISHED: 11:42 GMT, 6 September 2012 | UPDATED: 08:35 GMT, 7 September 2012

    A British toddler was found playing next to a busy road in Portugal after being abandoned by her ‘clearly drunk’ parents.

    The two-year-old’s parents, described as middle-class teachers on holiday, were found drinking in a bar 100 yards away.

    Police officers found the hungry youngster – known only as Scarlet – in tears, being comforted by locals.

    The parents showed no concern for their daughter and became abusive when questioned, police said.


    Handed to social workers: Scarlet, who was left abandoned by her parents, is being cared for until a court decides when to return her to her parents

    A local newspaper said they were so drunk they were unable to tell police Scarlet’s full name.

    Officers fed the child soup and water in a cafe before taking her to a police station where she wolfed down a fish meal.

    State prosecutors are considering whether to bring charges. A police spokesman said: ‘The girl was playing on her own right next to a dangerous busy road.

    ‘Passers-by were obviously concerned for her safety because she was in a risky situation, so they took her and put her in a buggy.

    ‘They called the police, and when we arrived she was crying in her buggy and was obviously hungry and thirsty. She was fed soup and water while we tracked down her parents, who were in a bar 100 metres away drinking.


    The girl was found alone, crying in her buggy in seaside village Carcavelos, Portugal

    ‘They were clearly very drunk and officers tried to speak to them in several languages but they refused to acknowledge the officers.

    'Later they became very abusive to our officers and locals. The girl was taken to the police station, given some dry clothes because she was wet, and some more food. She ate very quickly.

    ‘The parents were also taken to the police station but they were too drunk to speak properly. They showed absolutely no concern for her welfare so she was taken into care.

    ‘She spent the night at an emergency centre for children and as far as I know she is still there.



    Well known for wine: The little girl was handed to social workers after police found her and her parents in the holiday destination which became famous for its strong white wine

    ‘It is an extremely sad situation for the poor little girl. As far as we know she has no brothers and sisters.’

    Scarlet was found in the village of Carcavelos, 15 miles west of the capital Lisbon, on Monday night.

    Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias described the man and woman as ‘middle-class teachers’, aged 40 and 38, who were on holiday from the UK and so drunk they were unable to tell police their daughter’s full name.

    However, another newspaper said they lived in Carcavelos and worked as teachers in Lisbon.

    The parents were drinking in a cafe called Manhas do Chocolate, in a tree-lined square in Carcavelos.

    A two-way road runs through the square, which is dotted with cafes and restaurants on its cobbled pavements.

    A manager at the cafe said the couple had drunk at least three glasses of white wine from 5pm until the police arrived.

    But she contradicted the police account, saying the girl was with her parents when officers arrived.

    The manager, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I arrived at work at around 7.30pm and the couple were already sat here at a table on the pavement outside the cafe.

    ‘The mother looked completely out of it and the father also looked very strange. I don’t drink so I can’t swear they were drunk, but they certainly didn’t seem normal.

    ‘The mother was incapable of standing up. The child was very impatient, crying. I was told there had been an incident earlier when the girl had got out of her pram and somehow run towards the road.

    ‘A man had grabbed hold of her to stop her running into traffic. A client at a neighbouring cafe called police.’
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    Poor litle girl, what a sad fucked up world we all live in.

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    what a contrast to the concern of Madeleine McAnn's parents

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    middle-class teachers on holiday
    Classy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panty Hamster View Post
    middle-class teachers on holiday
    Classy!
    This would be them .


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    typical brits

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    ^Oh, please. At least they didn't blame Dingos.

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    The kid was in tears and playing, learning to multi-task at an early age these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    At least they didn't blame Dingos.
    It was dingoes. The Chamberlains have been exonerated, the forensic medical investigators messed up the evidence.

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    I suppose they realised that wouldn't wash are there are few dingoes in Portugal

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    A manager at the cafe said the couple had drunk at least three glasses of white wine from 5pm until the police arrived.

    But she contradicted the police account, saying the girl was with her parents when officers arrived.

    The manager, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I arrived at work at around 7.30pm and the couple were already sat here at a table on the pavement outside the cafe.

    ‘The mother looked completely out of it and the father also looked very strange. I don’t drink so I can’t swear they were drunk, but they certainly didn’t seem normal.

    ‘The mother was incapable of standing up. The child was very impatient, crying. I was told there had been an incident earlier when the girl had got out of her pram and somehow run towards the road.

    ‘A man had grabbed hold of her to stop her running into traffic. A client at a neighbouring cafe called police.’
    Not as lurid as the leading paragraphs, but perhaps hinting at something other than drink being the reason for such incapacitation.
    Carry on.


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    what a shitty thing to happen to a 2 year old , i wouldnt be able to live with myself if i got that rat arsed and done that to my kids , And these 2 are supposedly teachers ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    what a contrast to the concern of Madeleine McAnn's parents
    Y'know that was the first thought that sprang to my mind too. Portugal, abandoned toddlers...

    I find it very hard to feel sympathy for the McCanns due to their selfish neglect of Maddie but these fuckers sound even worse, especially as supposedly educated people.

    What sort of despicable [at][at][at][at] sits around getting pissed in public while letting their toddler wander around near a road? Should jail them for child neglect and place the bairn with a family who'll actually care for her.

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