A Spanish anti-vaxxer mum who went on the run with her two kids so their dad could not get them jabbed against Covid-19 has been arrested.
Cristina Mariscal Copano, 46, had filed for sole custody over her sons Diego and Hugo Kau Mariscal, aged 14 and 12 respectively, because she did not want their dad to get them vaccinated.
However, when the court sided with her ex-husband David Kau, the teacher sent a letter to him on November 4 informing him she would no longer be taking the kids to school or complying with the terms of their joint custody agreement, local publications report.
On December 16, David reported the mum, whom he had divorced six years earlier, to the police in the southern Spanish town of Mairena del Aljarafe for abduction.
This week, Mariscal Copano handed herself into police and has been released on charges, local publications say. A court has also imposed a restraining order of 300 metres so she can't contact her sons.
The two boys have since been picked up by their dad.
During their two months' absence, the dad said he had not been able to speak to the youngsters over the phone or learn of their whereabouts.
Mariscal Copano's lawyer, Borja Gomez Martinez-Fresneda, said that the kids are well and that "any mother would do the same because it is not correct to experiment with children with a vaccine".
Gomez has also told reporters that the vaccines against Covid-19 have "serious side effects" and that the mum had taken the kids away to "protect" them.
The lawyer has claimed that the mum has committed no crime, as "there is just cause" to have taken the youngsters away.
However, according to Spanish law, if she is found guilty of abducting her own children, Mariscal Copano could face two to four years behind bars and lose custody of the youngsters for four to 10 years.
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