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Answers sought behind boys found alive after night in cave

Mother also rescued, 'left them in a safe place'

02 January, 11:58
Answers sought behind boys found alive after night in cave (ANSA) - Rome, Jan 2 - Police on Thursday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of two children and a woman in woods near Rome on Tuesday after their surprising rescue.

Alexia Canestraro was found alive but in a state of confusion and with signs of early hypothermia on Mount Livata in the Simbruini hills east of the capital on Wednesday.

The children, aged four and five, were also found alive and sheltering in a cave shortly after. Their survival, at 1,500 meters and in subzero temperatures, was described as "a miracle".

The woman, 36, said in an interview published Thursday that she "only wanted to leave them in a safe place" while she sought help.

The three had been on an excursion in the woods on New Year's Eve when they lost their way shortly before nightfall. Canestraro, who is the natural mother of the younger child while the older is the child of her husband by a previous relationship, could face charges of child abandonment, prosecutors said.