Mother arrested for ‘torture-like’ abuse

A woman in her thirties has been remanded into custody on suspicions of abusing her three small children under torture-like conditions.

The woman, who is unemployed and lives in a Stockholm suburb, was arrested a week ago, the Metro newspaper reports.

“It’s an extremely sensitive matter and because the police investigation is ongoing I’m not commenting on anything,” a representative in the local neigbourhood council (stadsdelsnämnden) told Metro.

When authorities took her three children into custody, they were dirty, hungry and covered with scabs and bruises.

The mother is suspected of both hitting the children, ages two, five, and seven-years-old, and cutting them with pieces of glass and nails.

In interviews with police, the children said their mother kept them locked in their apartment depriving them of contact with the outside world.

The children had previously been placed under state care, but the mother regained custody of them in May of last year.

While there is no evidence of drug abuse by the mother, she reportedly operates a website offering advice on how to deal with social services, including cases of the “unjustified” placement of children in the custody of the state.

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Swedish daycare worker jailed for child sex abuse

A Swedish court on Friday sentenced a male daycare (dagis) worker to six and a half years in prison for four cases of rape and 20 cases of sexual assault against toddlers aged one to three in his charge.

Swedish daycare worker jailed for child sex abuse
The assaults took place at eight of the daycares where the man worked from March 2014 until June 2015. Photo: Victor Lundberg / TT

The 40-year-old man, who worked at 40 different daycares in the southern municipality of Kristianstad as a temp agency employee, pleaded guilty to the charges, a statement from the Kristianstad district court said.

The assaults took place at eight of the daycares where he worked from March 2014 until June 2015.

“The man sexually abused several girls during diaper changes. The girls were between one and three years old. The 40-year-old, documented the abuses himself with his mobile phone camera,” the court said.

“The crimes are considered aggravated because of the way he carried them out, the fact that he abused his position as a child minder, and that he abused the trust he enjoyed,” it added.

“Crimes like these are very rare,” court spokesman Markus Nilsson told the AFP news agency.

The defendant also found guilty of one charge of abusive photography and one case of aggravated child pornography for documenting the abuses and saving the photographs on his computer.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, was caught in July when he sexually abused a young girl at a theme park where he was employed.

During police interrogation he came clean about the daycare assaults and rapes.

He risked a maximum sentence of seven-and-a-half years behind bars but was given a year less than the maximum because he had collaborated with the police investigation.

The court also ordered the man to pay damages totalling 1.6 million kronor ($188,000) to his victims.