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Suicide link in mother and child killing

Police in Stockholm who discovered a young woman and her infant son dead in an apartment late on Thursday night suspect the killings may be related to the suicide of a man who jumped in front of a train.

Police began looking for relatives of a man who killed himself by jumping in front of a Stockholm commuter train on Thursday afternoon. The search led them to an apartment in the suburbs to the south of the city.

Plain clothes officers entered the first-floor apartment by breaking a window at around 10pm on Thursday evening, and found the slain woman and her one-year-old son.

Forensic investigators continued to search the crime scene for clues on Friday morning, while colleagues knock on doors in the area in an effort to gather additional information about what police are investigating as a double homicide.

According to the police, much suggests that the man’s suicide and the double murder are related.

“In that way, they seem to be connected, but we’re still investigating. But just now there is much to suggest that a tragic relationship serves as the backdrop,” said Stockholm police spokesperson Mats Nylén to the TT news agency.

Nylén couldn’t say what the exact nature of the relationship was between those involved, nor would he divulge any details about how the woman and the infant were killed.

A neighbour who heard police break into the apartment where the two victims were found told TT that the young couple and child who lived there were pleasant and tranquil neighbours.

“I’ve never heard anything from their apartment. They were friendly neighbours who you greet and make small talk with. Ideal neighbours, I’d say,” she said.

“Now it feels really scary, partly because of being so close to something like this and partly because they were so easy-going and not the least bit out of the ordinary.”

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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