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

MADRID – A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a man from the Ivory Coast who allegedly hid his 8-year-old son inside a closed suitcase in an attempt to smuggle the child into Europe.

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 woman is married to the child's father.

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