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Pregnant woman critical after third floor “fall”

A 24 year old man has been taken into police custody after his pregnant girlfriend fell from the third floor of an apartment block just outside Helsingborg on Sunday evening.

The 21 year old woman is said to have life-threatening injuries including skull fractures and internal bleeding. Doctors at Helsingborg hospital’s intensive care unit described her condition as ‘uncertain’.

According to Charley Nilsson, information officer at the local police department, much remains unclear about the incident. The emergency services were called out just after 10pm by a neighbour who heard a thud outside. When the police unit arrived at the scene they found the woman lying on the ground with the 24 year old and another man beside her.

Both men were taken to the police station in Helsingborg for questioning. Just before 3am on Monday the second man was released but the 24 year old was kept in custody.

He has been informed that he is suspected of attempted murder.

The couple, who have a child together, live on the third floor and it appears that the woman fell from a window in their flat. However, the police were unwilling to divulge their specific reasons for holding the man.

It is not clear how many people were in the apartment at the time of the incident.

“During the day we will carry out a forensic examination of the scene and interview the couple’s neighbours,” said Charley Nilsson.

TT/The Local

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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