Father released over baby’s death

The 28-year-old man who was suspected of having killed his six-day-old daughter in the Stockholm area was released by a court on Saturday.

At about 6pm on Thursday the little girl was brought in to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna. She was already dead.

The case aroused suspicion and police charged the man in his absence on Thursday evening. Shortly afterwards he was arrested.

The baby’s mother has also been questioned but the prosecutor declined to comment on what emerged during the interview.

On Saturday proceedings concerning the father’s detention took place at Attunda district court in Sollentuna. The prosecutor had demanded that he be held on suspicion of manslaughter but after an hour he was released.

“The court didn’t even find that there was reasonable suspicion. There is nothing today to suggest that this child was killed,” said the man’s lawyer, Johan Eriksson.

Eriksson said that the man now needs time to take in what has happened.

“He has just lost his child,” he added.

Johan Eriksson said that he had not heard whether the prosecutor had dropped the charges against the man. The police investigation into the little girl’s death with continue, with an autopsy scheduled for Monday.