A Córdoba judge has ordered José Bretón, the father of two children who went missing in a park in the city on October 8, to be held in prison without bail for alleged illegal detention.
The father of six-year-old Ruth and two-year-old José Bretón, a former soldier, took part in a reconstruction of the events of that day on Friday, after which the judicial decision was made. Bretón claims that he lost sight of Ruth and José when they entered a children's play area. Security footage from October 8 shows Bretón in the same area, but not his children.
Bretón's lawyer, José María Sánchez de Puerta, said that he intends to appeal against the order on the basis of his client's mental state. "He shows clear signs of bipolarism and has attempted suicide twice, once after serving in Bosnia and again later on."
Police continued to search for the children on Friday.