A Swedish mother is suspected of having held her son for decades


STOCKHOLM – A 70-year-old woman has been arrested in the Swedish capital on suspicion of having her son detained at home for three decades, police and the prosecutor said.

The man in his forties was found by a relative on Sunday in a wounded state, Stockholm prosecutor Emma Olsson told Reuters on Tuesday, saying he had been detained for nearly 30 years.

Referring to a relative who found her, various Swedish media said the man had been discovered on the floor on a blanket, toothless, unable to speak and covered in wounds and injuries.

“He’s in the hospital now … I know he needed surgery,” said Olsson, who gave no further details about his condition.

According to the Expressen newspaper and others, his son was taken out of school at about the age of 12. He was found next to two cluttered almanacs from 1995 to 1996 on the wall of a cluttered apartment, the relative also quoted.

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The mother denies charges of false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm, Olsson said in a statement.

None were named.

There was no immediate explanation as to why his son was being held. Reuters was unable to contact family members for comment.

Hospital staff treating the man alerted the incident, and police surrounded an apartment in Haninge’s southern district of Stockholm.

“We’re looking at how long the boy has been in jail, but we assume it was a long time,” a police spokesman told Reuters.