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Mother denies killing two young sons

A mother held on suspicion of killing her two young sons, whose lifeless bodies were recovered from a lake in Sigtuna north of Stockholm on Monday, has denied committing the crime.

Mother denies killing two young sons

The 30-year-old woman’s lawyer, Eva Möller, confirmed for the TT agency that her client is currently being held on suspicion of having killed the two boys.

“I don’t want to comment further on her mental state. But she has just lost two children,” said Möller, who added that she met with her client Monday evening following her arrest.

“At that time they had held a short interview where she was informed of the suspicions against her. No additional interrogations were held after that and no more are planned.”

The woman was allegedly down near the shoreline with the two boys, ages 4 and 8, on Sunday night when something happened.

“She said that she heard a thud when they were down by the water and that suddenly, the boys were gone,” the father of the 4-year-old told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

He said he received a call from his ex-partner on Sunday night in which she said that “something unpleasant and strange” had happened to the children.

The father rushed from his home in southern Stockholm to Sigtuna where he found the boys’ mother in a state of shock.

“It was like talking to an empty hole,” he said.

The suspected mother also participated in the early search for the boys, who were first reported missing around 10pm on Sunday evening.

Police intensified their search on Monday morning after conversations with people in the area led them to believe that a crime had been committed.

The boys’ mother was arrested shortly before 11am as police made additional observations that strengthened suspicions that the boys didn’t disappear willingly.

The first boy’s body was recovered around 12.30pm on Monday. A short time later, divers located the body of the other boy.

Autopsies will be performed on the bodies of the two boys later in the week, according to police spokesperson Stefan Marcopolus.

He also expected the boys’ mother to be questioned further.

“The woman will be interviewed again in the coming days, but no time has yet been set,” Marcopolus told TT.

Police investigators are reluctant to release many details of their investigation, which is in an early and sensitive phase.

However, police are hoping to make contact with witnesses who may have been nearby the Munkholm bathing area in Sigtuna between 6pm and midnight on Sunday evening.

“The witnesses we’ve interviewed so far have strengthened our suspicions that a crime was committed,” said Marcopolus.

According to neighbours, the habits of the woman and her two boys changed drastically about a month ago.

“The blinds were suddenly pulled down and the children disappeared from the playground,” a neighbour told Aftonbladet.

The 4-year-old’s father also told of receiving a call from his son’s daycare inquiring as to the boy’s whereabouts.

“They asked what had happened to the boy since he hadn’t been back since the end of summer vacation,” he said.

The father was unable to reach the boy’s mother to discuss the matter.

“In retrospect, I think I should have contacted the police sooner,” he said.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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