Mother who killed sons found ‘mentally ill’

A 30-year-old mother who admitted to killing her young sons in September in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm, has been found mentally ill after undergoing a forensic psychiatric evaluation.

Mother who killed sons found 'mentally ill'

Her condition is so serious that she should should be sentenced to psychiatric care, rather than prison, if she is convicted for the killings.

The bodies of her two sons, Elias 4 and Tevin 8, were found in the water near a jetty at the Munkholm swimming area in Sigtuna in late September.

After first denying she had killed the boys, the 30-year-old mother later that she had caused their deaths.

Karl-Gunnar Wiman, the father of Elias, reported both boys missing on September 18th after a telephone call to the mother, which gave him a feeling that “all was not right”.

He welcomed the results presented Friday of the psychiatric evaluation ordered by the Attunda District Court in October.

“She is in need of care. That is for sure,” he told the Expressen newspaper.

“We all knew this was the case. It is not normal to do what she did.”

The killings also prompted reviews of schools in the area at the time, after it was revealed that it took 13 days without contact from the mother before the school contacted social services about the absence of the two boys.

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Each year for more than three decades, the Federal Statistical Office has been publishing the first names of infants born in Switzerland the previous year. It seems that foreigners favour names that are typical of their national background.

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