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Father arrested for stabbing 7-year-old to death

TT/The Local/cg · 11 Jul 2011, 09:52

Published: 11 Jul 2011 09:52 GMT+02:00

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Two of the boy's relatives - a man and a woman - were arrested on murder charges, but the woman was released around 7pm Sunday evening.

"She was released after interrogations. The man remains in custody, suspected of murder, and a remand hearing will be held on Monday," Ebbe Nyberg, duty officer at Västerbotten police force, told the TT news agency.

The police are keeping a tight lid on the circumstances of the event, which has been described as "a very tragic family drama".

"Severe mental disorders are nearly always involved in this type of crime," said criminologist Mikael Rying, of Mittuniversitetet, to TT.

A neighbour alerted the police, at around 8am on Sunday morning.

"Someone heard pleas for help, about calling the police, from an apartment," said Dan Andersson, officer at the communications centre.

On arriving at the apartment, police officers found the severely wounded boy. He was taken to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.

According to criminologist Mikael Rying, an average of three children younger than 15 are subjected to deadly violence every year.

This figure has been more than halved since the 1990s, when 10-12 cases were reported per year. However, the figure can also vary greatly from year to year.

"When children are this badly hurt, one of the parents is the perpetrator in 80-90 percent of the cases. The crime is committed in their apartment, and the motive is rarely directed at the child. Instead, mental illness or custody cases can lie behind the violence," said Rying.

The most common group of children to fall victim are the very young, around one-years-old.

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"But the sort of case found in Umeå is thankfully very uncommon. Weapons are rarely involved in cases with young children," said Rying.

The police have interviewed witnesses and neighbours in the area. The murder weapon has been found, and the apartment has been cordoned off.

A forensic investigation of the crime scene has also been carried out, and further investigations are ongoing on Monday.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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14:35 July 11, 2011 by helveeta
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17:12 July 11, 2011 by Gabin
May the Viking Gods take this man in Hell.
21:35 July 11, 2011 by workforthesoup
What a terrible incident!

May the little boy rest in peace. The perpetrator put him/her behind bars for life and keep them away from Children!
03:01 July 12, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Why did he have to be a Postal Delivery man - this is the first case of going "postal" I have heard of here.

I wonder if we will ever get the full story.
23:03 July 12, 2011 by Addendum
The Local wrote: "According to criminologist Mikael Rying... mental illness or custody cases can lie behind the violence..."

53-year-old Shahram Brofe was arrested for the murder of his seven-year-old son, Sami. Brofe's wife had earlier sought refuge at a women's shelter for victims of domestic abuse. The shelter has a shortage of available places, however, and Brofe's wife was unable to stay. She was also considering applying for a divorce.

Brofe, who had previously worked as a mailman, has been unemployed for the past year. It is thought that he stabbed his son in front of his (Brofe's) mother-in-law who was visiting the family. Brofe's wife, who works as a nurse, was at work during the time of the murder. (Info from Expressen and general Google search.)
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