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Sweden: Stockholm mother arrested on suspicion of holding son captive for nearly 30 years01:23

Sweden: Stockholm mother arrested on suspicion of holding son captive for nearly 30 years

Sweden, Stockholm
December 3, 2020 at 17:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Swedish police are interrogating a woman in her 70s, accused of having allegedly kept her 12-year-son confined to their flat in southern Stockholm, for almost 30 years.

Images from Thursday show the apartment block where the mother was alleged to have kept her son, who is now 40, confined.

A neighbour shared her reaction on the case, which she found 'hard to believe.'

"I think that society should have helped, if the boy needed help, the sister had asked for help, and the society did nothing, so I think that the society should have acted, a long long time ago," she said.

A relative found the 41 year-old-son in their flat on Sunday, reportedly after hearing the mother had admitted herself to a hospital.

Once inside, she is said to have found the man covered in wounds. He is now being treated in a hospital.

The 70-year-old mother is being held on suspicion of illegal detention and causing grievous bodily harm, according to public prosecutor Emma Olsson.

Sweden: Stockholm mother arrested on suspicion of holding son captive for nearly 30 years01:23
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Swedish police are interrogating a woman in her 70s, accused of having allegedly kept her 12-year-son confined to their flat in southern Stockholm, for almost 30 years.

Images from Thursday show the apartment block where the mother was alleged to have kept her son, who is now 40, confined.

A neighbour shared her reaction on the case, which she found 'hard to believe.'

"I think that society should have helped, if the boy needed help, the sister had asked for help, and the society did nothing, so I think that the society should have acted, a long long time ago," she said.

A relative found the 41 year-old-son in their flat on Sunday, reportedly after hearing the mother had admitted herself to a hospital.

Once inside, she is said to have found the man covered in wounds. He is now being treated in a hospital.

The 70-year-old mother is being held on suspicion of illegal detention and causing grievous bodily harm, according to public prosecutor Emma Olsson.

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