Parents suspected of assaulting baby

A Swedish appeal court has overruled a district court decision to release the parents of a 16-day-old baby taken to hospital last Thursday with several broken bones and a possible brain hemorrhage.

The parents, a 34-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, were released from custody on Saturday after the district court ruled that there was not enough evidence to merit detaining the pair.

But following an appeal by assistant prosecutor Joakim Eriksson, Svea Court of Appeal agreed to schedule a new hearing for Wednesday.

The baby girl was taken to Astrid Lindgren’s children’s hospital in Solna last week with a broken arm. But on closer inspection, doctors also found a series of older injuries which made them suspect that the girl had been the victim of a brutal assault.

After a senior physician reported his suspicions to the police, social welfare officers took over the care of the baby girl and her 20-month-old brother.

The father’s lawyer, Göran Rangmar, said he “did not look kindly” on the appeal court’s call for a new remand hearing.

“I would of course have preferred if the district court decision had been allowed to stand. But its the appeal court that decides and we will have to respect their decision. We have a hearing on Wednesday and we’ll see what happens there,” he told TT.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.