The story is still rather confused, but certain central details are now reasonably clear. Arona Policía Local have taken two German children, girls of 7 and 10, into care after finding them living in a cave with a man, also German, said to be a friend of their mother. From the confused reports, it is possible to establish that at some point in January social services became involved when the mother was living with her daughters in a shack on or near the beach in Los Cristianos. She promised to take them to school, but seems to have left them with her friend, who promised to take them for her. Neither mother nor friend did in fact take the girls to school and police were ordered to find the family. They have now located the children with the mother’s friend in a cave in Guaza mountain, taken the mother into custody, and are attempting to find the girls’ grandparents in Germany.