Correction: Spain-Boy in Suitcase story

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Posted: May 20, 2015 1:20 PM
Correction: Spain-Boy in Suitcase story

MADRID (AP) — In a story May 8 about Spanish police discovering a boy hidden in a suitcase at a North African border crossing, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the woman traveling with the boy was married to his father. The man and woman are not related.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Spanish police discover boy crossing border inside suitcase

Spanish police discover boy hidden inside suitcase at North African border crossing

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a man from the Ivory Coast who allegedly attempted to smuggle his 8-year-old son into Europe in a suitcase.

A police statement said guards stopped a 19-year-old Moroccan woman who looked nervous as she waited in line Thursday at the land border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa.

When the guards put her suitcase through a scanner, they detected the boy curled up inside.

Border officers detained the woman and, later, the child's father at the same border crossing. The father and the woman both had residence rights in Spain. The court said the boy did not.

A Ceuta magistrate on Friday ordered the father held on charges of human rights abuse.