The child’s mother is now under arrest on suspicion of the murder of her child.
“It was on Friday that the boy was found lifeless in an apartment in central Linköping. He was declared dead on arrival at emergency at Linköping University Hospital,” Mariana Persson at Östergötland police said to news agency TT.
Shortly after the boy was rushed to hospital the 32-year-old mother was arrested. She was later detained by the prosecutor and has been interviewed over the weekend.
“She denies the offences,” confirmed Berit Blick at Linköping police.
The family has no other members other than the two-year-old boy, his mother, and 36-year-old father.
There were no other people present in the apartment when the father came home to find his son dead.
The mother had not by this time called the emergency services, confirmed Berit Blick.
Blick was unwilling to divulge the exact nature of police suspicions nor explain how the police believe the boy was killed.
“We have our ideas, but he is set to undergo an autopsy and I don’t want to speculate.”
Blick was unwilling to confirm whether either the mother or the father had previously been reported to the authorities.
Both the mother and the father are reported to be in a poor mental state. The father has received help from psychiatrists at the hospital.