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Mum Who Gave Birth To Twins At 64 Ruled Unfit To Care For Them

Mum Who Gave Birth To Twins At 64 Ruled Unfit To Care For Them

The Spanish woman has lost custody of her children after a five year legal battle.

Kimberley Bond

Kimberley Bond

A Spanish court has ruled that a 69-year-old woman is "incapable" of looking after her twin children, who she gave to birth to when she was 64.

Deciding to uphold a ruling made last year to remove the children from Mauricia Ibanez's custody, the Spanish Supreme Court agreed with the Provincial Court of Burgos that the twins were not being cared for "in optimal conditions".

Mauricia was 64 when she gave birth to twins Gabriel and Maria de la Cruz in 2017, after she travelled to the States for fertility treatment.

Mauricia has been fighting the case for five years (

Spain's highest court also ruled that the twins were 'in an obvious situation of vulnerability' and cited Mauricia's inability to care for them properly, as well her reluctance to work with social services.

The initial report from the Provincial Court of Burgos also stated Mauricia's lack of close relationships with family members, isolated environment and the absence of a supportive social network were a cause for concern.

"The mother's personality traits significantly affected the affective and psychosocial development of the minors," the report read.

Mauricia was previously ruled unfit to care for another child in a ruling in 2014 and she was then taken into foster care.

The Supreme Court has ruled to upkeep the original ruling (

The child in question is now 11, and lives in Canada.

After the twins were first born, Mauricia agreed to hire an assistant to help her care for her children after it was ruled she was going to need help with looking after the children.

However, the decision was reversed shortly after Mauricia came out of hospital, one month after she had given birth to her twins.

Speaking to national news outlet Telecinco Mauricia, she insisted the court was wrong as the babies were always better with their mother, saying that the case was all about what was best for the kids, not for her.

The twins, now four, are now under state care (

"Being able to have children at an older age is not a gift, it's an ability," she said.

Mauricia has now exhausted her options for now after the most recent ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court.

According to ABC, the court said Mauricia is allowed to appeal again every two years, although "they do not predict a different outcome in the short term."

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