Brit girls, including baby, 'abandoned' in car near Jay Slater search site in Tenerife

The shopping centre was just an hour away from the Jay Slater search site
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Two British children, one of them an infant, were rescued after being found "abandoned" in a car on the Spanish island of Tenerife. The youngsters were discovered by a passer-by in the town of Las Galletas, located just an hour away from the ongoing search for missing British teenager Jay Slater.

A 34 year old local resident noticed the girls, the elder aged seven, inside a white Volkswagen Polo rental car that was parked under the blazing sun with its windows closed. The police were informed that the girls had been left by their father, who said he was going to get a haircut at a nearby shopping centre, but they hesitated to leave the vehicle even though they could unlock it from the inside.

Emergency services were called by the concerned woman, and upon arrival, officers tried to find the father in the shopping centre, having discovered belongings linked to him in the car, such as a bag containing yoghurts and juices, which they accessed after the girls opened the car.

A 38 year old man was later interrogated about the incident but initially denied any connection to the children.

The girls were eventually taken to the Nuestra Senora de la Paz Maternal Centre in La Laguna by the Juvenile Prosecutor's Office's directive. The same man subsequently acknowledged his responsibility for the car before fleeing from the centre, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Another person, thought to be a 35 year old from Poland, later turned up claiming to be a friend of the girls' father. After an investigation by the police, it was confirmed that a 27 year old British woman was the mother of the girls and they were returned to her.

The 38 year old man is still missing and there is an arrest warrant out for him.