A 22-month-old tot who was reported missing in Spain has been found in a serious condition in a car right next to his dead grandfather and a suicide note.
Daniel and his grandfather named Antonio Blanco Gil, 55, from the town of Manzanilla, province of Huelva, Spain, went missing on Wednesday afternoon, 7th December.
The 55-year-old passionate agricultural worker was supposed to take little Daniel to his parents’ place in the town of Almonte, when he found out that his son and his daughter-in-law were planning to separate.
Scared he would not see his grandson ever again, Gil reportedly took his pill container before jumping into his black Skoda Octavia and fleeing with the boy in an unknown direction.
Antonio’s godson Francisco Manuel Moreno, 33, said: “He had raised him, his grandson was what he loved the most and he would not hurt him in life.”
Shortly after their disappearance, Daniels’ parents notified the Civil Guard and the police over their son’s disappearance.
Cops then immediately began searching for Antonio and the little one, before a man from the town of Manzanilla told them he had found a man and a baby inside a vehicle between the towns of Villarrasa and Rociana del Condado on Thursday, 8th December.
Manzanilla mayor Cristobal Carrillo said: “He saw the information on networks and in the media and did not hesitate to notify the police when he saw the two inside the car.”
The police then rushed to the scene and found the little boy “in a serious condition” next to Gil who had already passed away but had left a suicide note next to him.
To save the baby, cops deployed a medical helicopter and transferred little Daniel to the Virgen del Rocio hospital in the city of Seville.
His grandfather was admitted to the Infanta Elena de Huelva hospital where his death was confirmed.
Investigations should reveal whether the child’s complications occurred due to the night he spent outside, or because Gild had given him pills and drugged him.
Authorities did not disclose the details of the letter.
Gil’s family confirmed that he was battling depression and had already attempted to take his own life on several other occasions.
His brother Juan stated: “Sometimes, when he had anxiety attacks, he said that he was going to commit suicide.”
The investigation continues.