David and Lina Geenveld, a couple from the Netherlands, were arrested for allegedly fleeing a quarantine of Dutch police after they were convicted on Thursday of assaulting their toddler daughter, and sentenced to 20 days of quarantine for their 21-month-old child’s death in December 2017. The decision was made as punishment for their negligence of their young child, yet the couple decided to leave the quarantine and leave for a friend’s house in Prague. Citing the Children of Havens Act, which dictates that children who test positive for COVID-19 must be quarantined for at least twenty days to protect them from flu-like symptoms. However, reports from local media indicated that the Geensvelds left the quarantine ahead of the twenty-day mark. They were then stopped by police in the Czech Republic as they attempted to board a train to Amsterdam. Upon stopping them, Czech police questioned them about their daughter’s death, and allegedly found the child’s body behind a wall in the city of Ohlendorf.
Czech police then opened a criminal investigation, which is set to last four months. Lina Geenveld told Czech media that they were “just trying to get back” to their house in Prague. “I can’t believe that people would think we’re just trying to get away from a sentence,” she said, according to The New York Times. “We weren’t worried at all about the sentence. The sole reason why we left wasn’t fear, it was not out of fear, but mainly out of sadness because the little girl we had loved so much is now not here.”
The couple learned on Friday that a forensics examination was needed to determine the cause of death. The Geensvelds are currently facing two charges in the Netherlands, including criminal mistreatment of a child, which they could face up to a year in prison, and negligence causing death. They did not have a lawyer present in court when the verdict was handed down on Thursday. While their extradition request has not yet been submitted, reports indicated that there are potential conditions to their arrest and extradition, including the fact that they must serve the entire 20-day quarantine.
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