There is a formal investigation by the Public Prosecutor of Florence and that of minors, who must ascertain any responsibility of the parents in the escape from the home of Nicola, the 21-month-old child found after more than 30 hours in the woods of Mugello, fortunately in good health. The investigations – Leonardo Tanturli and his partner Giuseppina are not even investigated – must ascertain whether there were parental shortcomings both in the flight of the child and in the alarm given a few hours later. That it was a voluntary removal of the child was immediately understood.
Mugello, Nicola Tanturli’s father: “He’s fine now, he was strong”
Leonardo Tanturli had explained it in detail: «A few days ago Nicola had managed to reach the door handle at his height. It had already happened that he went away, but never so far and for so long ». Some time ago even Giulio, the other son who is now 4 years old, had gone away from home wandering along the farmyard and in the surrounding fields. On the lack of alarm in the immediacy of the disappearance, the child’s parents admitted they were wrong, but explained that they thought the thing would be resolved in a few hours. The child had fallen asleep in his mother’s pouch at around 6pm. Still dressed and with sandals on – there is no mystery to that either – they had put him in their marriage bed for a nap. At 7:30 the child was still sleeping.
Little Nicola hugs his mother again
By midnight, when his parents had returned to put him back in his bed, he was already gone. The search for the parents had immediately begun in the surrounding area. From the hill in front of the house at a certain point in the night Leonardo Tanturli thought he heard his son’s voice. However, too much wind had prevented us from ascertaining the exact position of the child. Nicola’s father explains again: «We thought he had fallen asleep and then he would go home alone. When in the morning we understood that Nicola would not have returned home alone, we gave the alarm to the carabinieri ».