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This is Terrible

A 17 month old baby was abducted in Italy. He's epileptic and requires medicine. No one knows why he was kidnapped, but the Pope is appealing for the baby's release.

Pope Benedict XVI called Tuesday for the immediate and unconditional release of a 17-month-old epileptic boy kidnapped from his parents' northern Italian home last week.


Benedict expressed solidarity with the family of Tommaso Onofri and assured them he was praying for them.

The pope's message was sent in a telegram to the bishop of Parma from the Vatican's No. 2 official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

The letter said the pope joined in Bishop Cesare Bonicelli's appeal "for the immediate and unconditional release of little Tommaso Onofri, expressing his solidarity with the parents and relatives struck by profound anxiety over the brutal kidnapping."

Tommaso's parents have told police the boy was snatched from their home in Casalbaroncolo, near Parma, on Thursday night. They said they were held at gunpoint and tied up by two armed men, who made off with the baby and about $180.

The case has horrified Italians, particularly because the boy needs medication to control his epileptic seizures. His parents have appealed to the kidnappers to make sure the boy gets his medicine.

On Monday, the Italian Red Cross staged a televised demonstration on how to administer the medication.


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I don't know if this is due... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

I don't know if this is due to my media-fed distrust of people or if I watch too many CSI episodes, but the first thought that came to my mind is that this is a hoax the parents came up with so they wouldn't have to care for a baby with an affliction. I have no basis for this theory and hope to God I am wrong, but that's what I thought. After the mom who drove her kids into the drink and the Yates episode, this isn't as far-fetched as it should be.

I think you are right, mayb... (Below threshold)
Carola:

I think you are right, maybe too much CSI (that I like too).
I am Italian and we are all shocked by this brutal assassination. Please update yourself with the recent data.
sorry but I have no force anymore to continue to write, just let me say WE LOVE YOU TOMMASO, YOU WILL BE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS!
Sincerely,
Carola




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