Missing boy Alex Batty 'taken to live alternative life', grandmother says
Tehran (KNA) - The grandmother of a missing schoolboy fears his mother and grandfather have taken him to live an "alternative lifestyle" abroad.
The group travelled to Spain in October, but have not come back.Alex Batty, who turns 12 today, was due to arrive back in the UK with mother Melanie Batty, 37, and grandfather David Batty, 58, on 8 October.
They had flown into Malaga Airport on 30 September to stay in the Benahavis area near Marbella, but police believe they may then have headed towards Melilla in Morocco via the port of Malaga.
Ms Batty and her father - neither of whom have parental guardianship of Alex - previously lived on a commune with the boy in the north African country in 2014.
The boy's grandmother and guardian, 62-year-old Susan Caruana, believes this pursuit of an "alternative lifestyle" is what lies behind his disappearance.
Recalling the day they were supposed to return to the UK, Mrs Caruana said: "I got this message on Facebook and it was a YouTube video of the three of them.
"They all spoke on it and Melanie said the reasons why they had done what they had done.
"Alex said it was a million times better being with his mum and granddad. Obviously it hurt a bit but then my other concerns kicked in.
"The reason I believe they have done this is because basically my lifestyle, my belief systems, are not what they agree with - just simply living day to day, how normal people do.
"They didn't want him to go to school, they don't believe in mainstream school."
Source: Sky News