The Civil Guard announced that they found a seven-year-old girl on Tuesday, who had been abandoned by her mother's partner on a road in the municipality of Lardero, in La Rioja.
The armed institute reported that the girl was found at kilometer 324 of the N-111 highway, under a high degree of agitation and nervousness, crying and hugging a dog.
The girl explained that she was travelling in the car with a friend of her mother's in the direction of Logrono, but that after running out of gas he took her out of the vehicle with her dog and told her that she would have to wait there until he returned.
Footage distributed by the Civil Guard shows the moment when the man, a 30-year-old resident of La Rioja, was arrested. Officers can also be seen accompanying the girl to a police station.
According to reports, the detainee was accused of a crime of temporary abandonment of a minor and a crime against road safety, as he was driving despite having lost all his driving licence points.