Mother of boy (4) shut in car boot is arrested

Car trunkThe mother of a four-year-old boy found shut in the boot of a car in Friesland on Friday has been arrested, police said on Saturday.

It is unclear how the boy ended up in the boot, but ‘it is unlikely he did it himself’, a police spokesman told news agency ANP.

Passersby heard the boy banging and managed eventually to free him. His mother turned up 20 minutes later and first told police she had no idea how the child came to be in the boot.

The car was parked on the edge of a market in the Frisian village of Balk. Police are looking for eyewitnesses.

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