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Prosecutor to probe case of 10-year-old left outside

Prosecutor to probe case of 10-year-old left outside

Published: 09 Jan 2012 15:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Jan 2012 15:36 GMT+01:00

The case with the 10-year-old boy left out in the cold by his father after ”failing to perform” in a sports event has been referred to the prosecutor's office for further investigation, Uppsala police announced on Monday.

”Prosecutors will try the case and see if there is suspicion of a crime,” said Christer Nordström, spokesperson for the Uppsala police, to daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

The boy was allegedly left outside in the cold wearing only a shorts and t-shirt in Uppsala, in eastern Sweden, on Saturday evening.

He was discovered by the coach of senior floorball team Sirius who came by to drop off some match equipment in the arena.

Coach Conny Eriksson told the boy to go inside since it was "seven - eight degrees below freezing outside" but discovered the boy still standing there ten minutes later.

The boy then started crying, telling Eriksson that his father had left him there in just shorts and t-shirt to walk home to Stockholm, some 40 kilometres away.

When Eriksson telephoned the father from the boy's phone, the father confirmed that he had left his son and rudely said that 'the boy played like crap and that he could walk home'.

Eriksson then managed to get hold of another parent from the team, who came and picked up the boy. Despite making sure that the boy knew the person who came to pick him up, Eriksson never thought to take his name, nor that of his team.

After the story broke in the press, police received a report about the incident. At first, they dropped the preliminary investigation, partly due to the fact that no one knows the boy's identity.

”We still don't have anyone identified. The circumstances surrounding this case are still not very clear,” Lisa Sannervik of the Uppsala police told SvD.

Mats Åkerlund, the chairman of Storvreta IBK, the club that organized the event, has spoken to a number of people trying to work out from which team the boy came.

”I have checked three times with the cup organizers and no one knows anything about this incident. I have no other knowledge than what Conny Eriksson has said. He told his story to me too,” Åkerlund told daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

However, over the course of Monday morning, Uppsala police decided to turn the case over to the prosecutor's office.

”We thought there was cause to let the Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten) look at it,” said Sannervik to news agency TT.

The Uppsala police have received a record number of calls after the incident made headlines on Sunday.

”I can't remember any incident where we have received this many calls, it's crazy. It is the behaviour that many are reacting to. And if what is said is true, then it is shocking. But we don't know that yet,” Nordström told TT.

The coach is going to be questioned further by police, according to Nordström.

”We will identify these people so that we get this sorted out. And we are very eager to receive help from the general public,” said Nordström to TT.

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16:31 January 9, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
Should be trivial to obtain the phone numbers of all the parents of the Stockholm team(s). The guilty father will lie to the police, but the good Samaritan who returned to pick up the boy would more likely be willing to tell the truth.

Plan B, or in parallel, they could perhaps get some guidance from the phone company by a subpeona to obtain phone records from the mobile phone bay station near that part of the arena, if the coach of the senior team knows at approximately what time he made the two calls.
17:16 January 9, 2012 by DAVID T
Swedish police at their best
18:03 January 9, 2012 by Rick Methven
My son plays innerbandy and sometimes I have watched him playing 'crap' at matches and spending more time in the sin bin than on the pitch. Difference between my lad and the poor 10year old, is that my son is 27 and is 25 cm taller than me and 20 kg heavier, so if I tried that stunt, he would floor me take my car keys and make me walk home!! Maybe there is some older player who could give that sort of lesson to this poor boys 'Father'
21:46 January 9, 2012 by Douglas Garner
There can be no excuse for any of this! The child's coaches should know who he was to go home with. The youngster was still in uniform, so that should help narrow things down, and the cell phone info and which teams had finished within the hour beforehand. My concern, however, is that this abused child is unlikely to accuse his father out of fear of repraisal!
22:10 January 9, 2012 by Soft Boiled
Im not saying the father should be commended, its a bloody irresponsible and immature thing to do. But the boy was left in the cold in his teeshirt and shorts until he walked from the carpark to the door and then he was warm again. It is not like he was left to die, but the punishment was extreme.

This is more about how the pressure to perform and do well which is so prevailent in swedish society. Every country has its own pressures.. and when those pressures reach a peak things like this happen.. Doesnt make it right... It makes it sad.
22:25 January 9, 2012 by Keith #5083
I suppose if the boy had gone missing, this so.called 'Father' would be the first to be shouting that the Police should find the boy!!!


I totally agree. The team coaches should ensure that all children are accounted for and should see they have transport, the correct transport, home.

If the Prosecutor finds no reason under Swedish Law as to why this parent should be prosecuted, then there needs to be a change in the law.

#Soft Boiled

as for 'being left to die' - is this an assumption, a hope, a guarantee? Stranger things happen in this world!

The boy's Father is being described as a parent - but no real, mature, adult, caring parent would do this to a child. For goodness sake, he's only 10 years old.
23:42 January 9, 2012 by strixy
This father is a monster. Where is child protection? They should have been there years ago, this boy quite possibly has had a really difficult childhood!
01:04 January 10, 2012 by J Jack
This is a pattern I see all the time among adults here but leaving a minor is plain dangerous, in any season.
08:29 January 10, 2012 by rybo1
I love my children dearly. I truly hope that the accusations are not true.
09:19 January 10, 2012 by Keith #5083
Based on the fact that children follow role model patterns it is perfectly understandable that his performance was crap - look at the main 'male' role model in the child's life! Pretty crap performance there,huh?
11:15 January 10, 2012 by Rossminster
Something in this story doesn't add up. It's pretty much impossible, IMO, for the coach to have found this kid, heard his story, arranged a lift home for him and not remember even his first name. You'd ask the kid's name wouldn't you? "What's your name, son? Kalle? OK, Kalle, we'll sort you out..." that sort of thing.

100Kr says this turns out to be nonsense.
11:53 January 10, 2012 by Keith #5083

Or perhaps the coach is being discrete with the press/public info to protect the boy. In any event, I am sure the truth will surface before long...maybe after enough time has elapsed for the Police to have observed this so-called 'father' and made inquiries at the boy's school/doctor etc. to determine whether regular abuse is a factor.

I see no good reason why Eriksson should place himself in a position of ridicule by inventing such a story, do you?
15:14 January 10, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
@Rossminster #11

Studies have found that eyewitness testimony is very unrealiable with smaller details, but reliable for big events.

This kid was not in the senior football league, and was from an out of town team whose shirt colours this coach would not have recognized as some familiar Uppsala team, and furthermore the kid's first name might have been somewhat generic. To phone the worthless loser imbecile father, and then the good parent, the coach only needed for the kid to choose the contact numbers programmed into his mobile phone.

My fear is that the good parent has already discussed the incident with the worthless loser imbecile father, and, being good natured, may have accepted the worthless loser imbecile father's lies about his intention to return to pick up his kid a bit later.

Accordingly, the good parent may be of the opinion that the public reaction has been too negative, and unfortunately he/she may have decided to keep quiet. In combination with the silence of the kid and the worthless loser imbecile father, the police have very little to work with, other than phone records, and even those might be ambiguous at best.

Maybe 5% chance that the senior coach has a mental illness that causes him to invent stories, but 95% chance that this actually occured, in my view. If it did occur, then hopefully the police will assemble enough evidence to move forward with this.
14:21 January 11, 2012 by farnoxo
And the common thread of stupidity is football...somehow football has a unique ability to bring out the very worst in people, be it players, supporters or parents.

For heaven's sake it is only a game. Next thing we will start getting honour killings because some stupid muppet thinks their son brought shame on their family because he missed a penalty!
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