The parents of Ashya King, Brett and Neghmeh King have been released from custody in Madrid and are said to be making the 300 mile trip back to Malaga to be reunited with their son and family.
The King’s had been arrested on Sunday night after a European arrest warrant was issued by Hampshire police in response to an alerm raised by Southampton Hospital after the parents took the severely ill boy away from the hospital premises.
After spending two nights in custody away from their son who desperately needs them, all criminal charges against the couple were dropped on Tuesday afternoon after the CPS said in a statement that, “there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for any criminal offence”.
The chief constable of Hampshire Police Andy Marsh told reporters on Tuesday that, Ashya’s wellbeing was the force’s main priority. “Irrespective of what has happened it is our view that Ashya needs both medical treatment and for his parents to be at his side,” said Marsh.
“Our intent was to secure his safety, not to deny him family support at this particularly challenging time in his life,” he explained.
Over 10, 000 people signed a petition to stop criminal proceedings against the family and to reunite Ashya with his family.
The five year old’s brother Danny King who had been keeping an online diary of Ashya’s progress so far thanked everyone who had waded in to get his parents released including David Cameron and Nick Clegg who had stated earlier that he wanted to see the family reunited.
He was also allowed to visit Ashya in hospital on Ruesday afternoon and he said his brother was healthy while also thanking staff at the children’s hospital in Malaga for allowing him to stay beyond visiting hours.
Speaking to Sky News later, Danny said although Ashya was happy to see him, he sensed he was mad at him and possibly the rest of the family for having seemingly left him on his own for the past couple of days.
Security at the hospital has also been stopped around where Ashya is being looked after, due to the sensitive nature of the situation.