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Baby dies in tragic accident on Spanish airport luggage belt

The five-month-old boy was trapped on a luggage carousel.

Image: Ramón Cutanda via Flickr/Creative Commons

A FIVE-MONTH-OLD baby died in a Spanish airport earlier today after it was trapped in a luggage carousel.

Police are “investigating the exact circumstances”, said a Civil Guard spokesman, adding that it “appears to have been an accident”.

The baby’s mother – a US national – had placed the child’s carrier on a static luggage belt but, according to reports, the weight prompted it to begin moving.

The boy’s parents had taken a flight from London early this morning to the eastern seaside city of Alicante, an airport spokeswoman told AFP.

“It was about two o’clock in the morning, on the belt for retrieving special baggage, where children’s push chairs and large items come out. “The airport medical service tried to resuscitate the baby but they could not do anything.”

The infant became entangled and trapped in the rollers where the bags emerge. A post-mortem will be carried out tomorrow.

Additional reporting by © AFP, 2013

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