Parents suspected of putting daughter in freezer

Police are to resume a preliminary investigation on the circumstances surrounding a four year old girl taken to hospital with severe hypothermia. The girl was treated at Sundsvall Hospital in northern Sweden last summer.

The girl’s father was arrested on suspicion of causing her condition but was later released.

When the girl arrived at Sundsvall Hospital her body temperature was well below normal and she remained in a critical condition for several days.

Her parents told staff at the hospital that they had found their daughter unconscious, explaining that she suffered from a very uncommon illness.

But hospital staff were not the only ones who doubted the veracity of the story.

“I think the parents caused it, either by sticking her in a fridge or freezer, or using cold water,” district prosecutor Lisa Eriksson told newspaper Dagbladet.

A new report from the National Laboratory of Forensic Science has confirmed that the girl is in good health and does not suffer from any unusual illnesses.

The girl’s father had previously been reported for assaulting his daughter, and the girl had injuries on her backside when she was taken to hospital, according to Dagbladet.

When she left hospital the parents gave their consent for the girl to be moved to a foster home, where she still lives.

“The problem I have is to prove that the girl was treated in a criminal manner. They are still suspected of assault and my task now is to investigate whether the parents can be charged,” said Lisa Eriksson.


Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.