THIS COUPLE, RESIDENT IN MADRID, ASSURES THAT "WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET CLOSE TO OUR CHILDREN FOR THREE YEARS BECAUSE THEY WON'T LET US IN THE CHILDREN'S CENTRE".
The tragic story of parents Marina and Adrian: "They took our children for no reason and we don't see them"
The story of these parents of two girls and a boy shows how, since 2013, they live in a completely strange situation. The children were taken to a shelter in Madrid and later to another centre in Arganda, where they last saw their children. The mother, Marina, explains that her children sometimes have "wounds".
They are Marina García Ferrero and Adrián Villarreal, parents who have not seen their children "for three years", as the mother tells how it begins in 2013 when one of her daughters, who was 4 years old at the time, was allegedly bullied at school. "Our daughter is starting to suffer from bullying. We found out about it because another father apologized to my husband because his son had kicked my daughter," explains this mother.
"We took her to a psychologist because she didn't want to go to school. The psychologist determines that she has to follow some guidelines to go back to school. When she returns, the only solution the school offers is to sit her down at recess and watch the children play," says Marina, who adds that "the psychologist talked to the principal and told her that this was counterproductive.
The psychologist talked to this mother about changing schools and in June 2013 the girl was already going to be changed. From that moment on, this long journey begins for Marina and Adrián who are trying to find all the legal ways to get their children back.
Then a social worker contacts Marina because of the problems her daughter was having at school. "Marina, what happened? The principal tells me you're complaining about bullying. What can I do," says the worker, "this mother says. "She and another psychologist who doesn't know us file a report. In it they ask for the withdrawal of the guardianship of my children to send them to a residence that does not fit the family. Something that we don't know about," says Marina.
Police at home
"In 2015 with my three children the case is taken to the Community of Madrid. It's all good. Private doctors, private security, everything," explains the parent, who indicates that, "suddenly, on June 30, 2015, my house bell rings. It's the local police. They want me to open the door. They came in from the countryside. They said they had to notify us of something."
So, Marina and Adrián decide to contact the Community of Madrid to see what is happening and they answer that "yes, yes, actually they have gone to notify something, now let's go, they said", details the mother. "In half an hour the technician appears and they declare that the children are in distress and that they (their parents) have to hand them over to a home. A two-year-old boy and two girls, ages 5 and 7," the mother stresses.
"From then on, a terrible harassment on the phone begins. We had to hand over the children ourselves," says Marina, also mentioning that "the law authorizes the public administration to declare a child helpless without going through a judge. Here comes the big problem and the big business. How can it not be dealt with through criminal proceedings? If it were real that I was being tried for it," explains Marina.
"In September, a precautionary measure is requested, all without giving us the file. There the judge decides to hold a hearing. And on November 11, 2015, in that hearing, it is shown that there is no helplessness. All without the file yet. But, without this judge's decision, on November 18 the GRUME (Minors' Group) police come to the house and say 'lady, put the children down or we'll go in by court order'", says the mother.
Garcia did not explain that situation to herself, she did not understand it, and this is something she points out to this newspaper, since according to her statements her case was "by the 79th Family Court and not the 85th where this order came from," she says. "They break into the house, they come in through the window. They force us to sit in the children's playroom. They take the baby out of the crib. My daughters were taken out with towels and wet hair because they were in the shower, as some of the neighbors told me later. And then they throw an '85 paper at us saying to notify the parties. It explains that there are 20 days to appeal, but we are not notified. Besides, the 85 should have inhibited the person who knows the case, which was the 79, which is not done. Therefore, the entry was illegal," argues Marina.
Children are moved from one center to another.
Marina's children are taken to a centre in Madrid. This centre has allegedly been denounced on several occasions. Detailed examples are those reported in the newspapers, such as ABC in its article of 20 February 2020 "Trial reopened against several guards at an orphanage for assaulting four young people years ago" or La Información in its article of 7 November 2016 "Fundación Raíces denounces abuse of minors at the shelter".
"The first time we saw our son he was limping and had yellow skin," says the mother, who, as a result of what she saw, "this is reported in Madrid's Criminal Court 15, which decided to notify the Centre that we had reported it. For this reason, "the children are sent to a centre in Arganda del Rey", although the mother, as she stresses for this newspaper, considers it "a prison with security guards. Children of 2, 5 and 7 years old... A child of 0 to 6 years old cannot enter there. It's horrible," details Marina.
At that time, as Marina explains, "we only had visitors for one hour a week. We would see my son with injuries inside the center in a room of 2x2 meters".
Marina and Adrian decided to take action, but "since we were filming and taking photos, the centre ended up taking away our visits by taking photos and videos of the children inside the place to take them to the criminal courts. They claimed a conflict of interest. Since our children wanted to come with us... they didn't listen to them," explains the mother who says that, shortly afterwards, "they took away our visits and then our calls. We only managed to see our son two and a half years ago, when he told us that his sister was sick and he didn't know about the other one. They refuse to give us proof of life, who they are with...", says Marina. "They have made us psychological and psychiatric reports, which say that we are perfectly fit. No addictions or anything. The Community of Madrid says that it is not valid because it is "on behalf of". They haven't done any studies. The Prosecutor's Office washes its hands of it," this mother declared.
This testimony is one more, like that of so many other parents who are crossing a desert in search of their children, who as they say "have been taken from them".