Sweden mother kept son locked up for decades

Agence France-Presse . Stockholm | Published: 00:19, Dec 03,2020


A woman in Sweden suspected of holding her son captive inside their apartment for decades has been arrested, police said on Tuesday, with reports claiming the man was found undernourished with infected sores on his body and almost no teeth.

Stockholm police spokesman Ola Osterling said the man had been ‘locked up for a very long time’ in the apartment in a southern Stockholm suburb but refused to comment on local reports he had been held for 28 years.

Neighbours said they had not seen the son, now 41, for years — or ever.

Tove Boman, a 24-year-old who lives in the building next door, said she had only seen the mother. ‘I grew up here so I’ve always known who she is and recognised her. She’s a little strange,’ she said.

The Expressen and Aftonbladet newspapers reported that the woman had taken her son out of school when he was 12 and kept him locked inside the apartment since then.

An unnamed relative found the man on Sunday after the mother had been taken to hospital, Expressen reported.

The man had infected sores on his legs, could barely walk, and had almost no teeth, limiting his ability to speak, the reports said.

Osterling would not comment on those details, saying only, ‘The man is in hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.’

The woman is suspected of illegal deprivation of liberty and causing bodily harm — allegations she denies.

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