Hertfordshire Police investigate baby's abduction

Detectives are investigating the abduction of a baby by its own parents.

The baby was under the care of social services when it taken from a religious contact session and flown abroad.

The baby's father locked a foster carer and social worker in a room before making off with the child.

A Hertfordshire police spokesman said: "We are conducting a full and thorough investigation and are working closely with the relevant authorities in the interests of the child involved."

It is believed the father took the baby to Stansted Airport where he met the mother who was apparently too ill to attend the contact session.

It is thought the child has been taken to southern Europe.

A High Court injunction prevents the publication of any details that might identify the child and its parents.

A spokesman for the local authority said: "While we cannot comment on individual cases, it is always the courts that make decisions about what contact children can have with their parents when they are in care.

"By law the local authority has to abide by those decisions."

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