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The infant died after being placed on a heavy baggage carousel at Alicante-Elche Airport.
It appears the baby’s mother, a US national, placed the child inside a baby carrier on a stationary belt for heavy luggage at Alicante-Elche Airport late Wednesday.
She had flown in from London's Gatwick airport with her baby and another young child.
The carousel was activated, possibly by the baby's weight, and transported the infant to where bags emerge.
The child was caught in the rollers and died.
Medical personnel were unable to revive the infant.
Authorities are treating the incident as an accident, but have launched an investigation anyway to determine exactly what happened.