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Four-year-old girl locked inside fridge

A 32-year-old man from northern Sweden has been charged with serious assault following suspicions that he locked his four-year-old daughter in the family's refrigerator.

The girl was treated for life-threatening injuries at Sundsvall Hospital in northern Sweden last summer. Her father is also thought to have burned her with an iron.

The four-year-old girl was unconscious when she arrived at Sundsvall Hospital in June last year. 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 her in an unconscious state and explained that she suffered from a very uncommon illness.

But hospital staff were not the only ones to doubt 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 in January this year.

A report from the National Laboratory of Forensic Science confirmed that the girl was in good health and did not suffer from any unusual illnesses.

Police later found traces of the girl’s DNA on the bottom shelf of the family’s fridge. Injuries to her backside also suggest that she sat at the bottom of the fridge.

The girl’s father is further suspected of burning her with an iron in late 2005 while she was on temporary release from hospital, where she was being treated for a stomach injury.

When she returned to hospital, staff discovered the burns and reported the matter to the police, Sundsvall Tidning reports.

The suspect has consistently denied all allegations over the course of the investigation. He has a previous conviction for beating his wife.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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