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Children kidnapped in southern Sweden found safe and well

Two children who were kidnapped close to their school in southern Sweden on Wednesday were found safe and well on Thursday evening.

Children kidnapped in southern Sweden found safe and well
The children were found in an apartment in central Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad / TT .

The children, two siblings both aged under 15, had last been seen close to their school outside Emmaboda in Småland, southern Sweden, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police suspect that the plan had been to drive the children to a different country, and had carried out checks on vehicles crossing the Öresund Bridge to Denmark.

“We have a feeling for what was behind [the kidnapping], but we can't make that public,” police spokesperson Robert Loeffel told TT.

Witnesses told police the children had been forced to get into a car, and a large-scale police operation got underway to find the siblings.

A widespread police search looked for the children, though police said there was no further danger to other children. Arrest warrants were issued for two men aged between 30 and 40 on suspicion of kidnapping, whom police said had a connection to the siblings.

On Thursday evening, regional police found four adults with the two children in an apartment in central Malmö.

The adults were taken in for questioning under suspicion for complicity to kidnap, but they were released later in the night. Robert Loeffel was not able to say if any of the adults were still suspected of any crime.

One of the two original suspects, who is related to the children, turned himself in to a police station in southern Sweden on Thursday and was arrested. The other suspect is still at large but an arrest warrant remains in place.

 

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Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

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According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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