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Dean Verberckmoes: Police find body of Belgian four-year old

The body of a four-year-old Belgian boy who disappeared last week has been found in the Netherlands, Dutch police have announced.

Hours earlier, police had issued an alert that Dean Verberckmoes had been abducted.

He had been reported missing by his family after his babysitter failed to drop him off at his grandparents' house.

Dutch police said they had detained a 34-year-old Belgian man.

They said the suspect, identified in the Netherlands as Dave De K, was arrested in the Dutch town of Meerkerk, around 120km (75 miles) north-east of where the boy's body was found.

Belgian prosecutors said he had previously been given a 10-year jail sentence for abuse of a two-year-old boy leading to his death. His sentence ended in December 2018.


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