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article imageSpain says U.S. mom to blame in airport baby death

By Anne Sewell     Jan 17, 2014 in World
Alicante - In September last year, a tragic accident took the life of a five-month old baby at Alicante Airport in Spain. The baby died when the baggage conveyer belt on which her mother placed her started moving. Now blame for the accident has been established.
As reported on Digital Journal, the parents didn’t notice the movement at first and unfortunately baby Vashtin was severely injured when crushed between two moving parts of the machine and passed away.
According to Europapress (in Spanish), it has now been established by the Spanish Government that faulty equipment was not to blame for the tragic death. Officials state the accident was “simply bad luck.”
In a statement from the officials it states the accident was not the fault of the equipment, which is “merely designed to transport luggage and is not for people.”
The statement continued that from the information available on the incident it was rather the neglect of the parents, who were not looking after their child at the time.
The determination came about as a politician with Spain’s left-wing Izquierda Unida party, Ricardo Sixto, had put in a request for information about the incident. He wanted to know what had been done to prevent similar accidents happening in the future.
However, the government responded by saying that the baggage conveyor belt in question had been thoroughly checked and “complied with all laws and maintenance had been carried out correctly."
The statement continued that the gap between the two motorized parts was correct and complied with EU safety laws for transport systems.
The mother, 32-year-old Nathania Terry, was traveling with her baby and her Canadian husband to Alicante where they were planning a holiday break at the popular seaside town of Denia.
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