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

  • In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, May 8, 2015, a boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the display of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa. A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a father who allegedly hid his 8-year-old son inside a closed suitcase in an attempt to smuggle the child illegally 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 (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)

    In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, May 8, 2015, a boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the display of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa. A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a father who allegedly hid his 8-year-old son inside a closed suitcase in an attempt to smuggle the child illegally 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 (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, May 8, 2015, a boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the displays of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa. A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a father who allegedly hid his 8-year-old son inside a closed suitcase in an attempt to smuggle the child illegally 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 (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)

    In this photo released by the Spanish Guardia Civil on Friday, May 8, 2015, a boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the displays of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa. A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a father who allegedly hid his 8-year-old son inside a closed suitcase in an attempt to smuggle the child illegally 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 (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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.