Mother kept from two-day-old baby after doctors refuse to believe it was her child

Stacie Cottle has since been reunited with her daughter, but only after a DNA test proved their relationship

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A British woman was separated from her newborn child after Spanish doctors doubted she was the baby’s mother, according to a report.

Dental nurse Stacie Cottle, 27, from London, has since been reunited with her daughter, Anzelika, after a DNA test proved their relationship, The Guardian reported.

However for three weeks she was only allowed to be with the baby for limited periods under supervision.

Ms Cottle went to Malaga in Spain in June to help her mother find a home to rent. She went into labour early and the child was born in her mother’s new flat.

Two days later she went to a local hospital near Malaga for a check-up. Doctors then expressed doubts that the child was Ms Cottle’s and contacted the police. A judge subsequently ordered DNA tests.

Anzelika was kept in a neonatal unit while Ms Cottle stayed in the hospital’s maternity ward, while her mother looked after her other daughter, Annabella.

“At no point did they say why this had happened. Repeatedly, during my stay in the hospital, I was called a criminal by staff and patients, from the day we were admitted to practically the day we left,” said Ms Cottle, who is of British Caribbean origin.

She said she suspected race may have played a part in what happened.

“One of the doctors said she believed I may have been from Kenya or Senegal. I have no proof race was involved, but I heard that from a doctor. It made no sense, because by this time they’d taken photocopies of my British passport,” she said.

She said she met two hospital managers who “didn’t apologise” and “said they hoped we could move on, and that it wouldn’t affect us terribly”.

“They said they had to do it. But I don’t think they did,” Ms Cottle said, adding that she was considering legal action.

However she said it was “absolutely wonderful” to be reunited with her child.

“She’s wonderful. She’s healthy and I’m just happy to be with her,” she said.

The hospital refused to comment when contacted by The Guardian.

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