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Mother held for killing sons, 4 and 8

TT/The Local/pvs · 19 Sep 2011, 00:00

Published: 19 Sep 2011 15:52 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 Sep 2011 00:00 GMT+02:00

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"A family member has been arrested on suspicion of murder. This is a tragic family situation," police spokesperson Stefan Marcopoulos told the TT news agency.

According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, it is the boys' mother who is being held in connection with their deaths.

The brothers were found in the water near a dock, and their clothes were also discovered nearby.

The boys' father reported the disappearance late Sunday evening, and police initiated a comprehensive search and rescue with sniffer dogs, helicopter and divers.

The boys were reportedly down by the water's edge near Munkholmen in Sigtuna.

While their clothes were found early in the search, their bodies weren't located until Monday afternoon.

Speaking with Aftonbladet, Marcopoulos explained that the it remains unclear whether or not the boys were alone near the water or whether they had been accompanied by their mother.

"Interviews are underway with both the boys' mother and father," he told the newspaper.

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According to police, the boys bodies show signs of injuries indicating that a crime was committed.

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

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Your comments about this article

16:44 September 19, 2011 by Keith #5083
Murder? What is so out of balance with people that they can murder children?
17:26 September 19, 2011 by Watchtower777
How tragic :(
17:28 September 19, 2011 by Opinionfool
Surely that should be "what is so out of balance with people that they can murder". Age has nothing to do how heinous is the crime.
18:39 September 19, 2011 by riose
@Opinionfool I can understand murdering an adult, even thought I think it is wrong.

But murdering a child is something that is beyond my comprehension.
19:47 September 19, 2011 by Gabin
la mort pour la mort.
20:52 September 19, 2011 by Keith #5083

Point well taken. However, there is something so against the human psyche to murder the future and the utterly defenceless. I think that is what hits people so hard when it's children that die. Though I do agree with your general point.
00:54 September 20, 2011 by Tysknaden
Sometimes women murder their children out of fear of not being able to protect them. So - ask the father! Did he leave her alone? Or did he make her afraid? And what protection and help was given by her family? Her country?
08:41 September 20, 2011 by karex
You have a point there Tysknaden. My gr-gr grandmother tried several times to have the governess sacked after discovering the woman was cruel to her children. One day she discovered the reason for her husband's refusal to send the woman away: he was having an affair with her. The shock of the dicovery made my gr-gr-grandmother deathly ill. Knowing she would die, she decided to poison herself and her children rather than leave them in the hands of the woman. She died and so did the baby. My gr-grandmother and her two older brothers survived. Her mother had been right. The woman made house servants out of the surviving children and beat them constantly. Their father did nothing about it. My gr-grandmother ended up running away and eventually even leaving the country. She never saw her family again.
10:28 September 20, 2011 by zooeden
Pure evil that its incomprehensable!!! There are so many kids killed in sweden I would like to know the statistics and the causes The Local, is that possible???
17:31 September 20, 2011 by jostein

When a mother kills her own child it is not evil, it is psychological disease.
22:57 September 21, 2011 by insect
Found this online. What is confusing is that the Star reports Marcopoulos as the boyfriend while the local reports him as the police spokesperson. Then the local says it is the father who reported them missing while this story says it is the local authorities. Which is which??

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