• Sweden's news in English

Mother admits to killing sons, 4 and 8

TT/The Local/pvs · 22 Sep 2011, 17:46

Published: 22 Sep 2011 15:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Sep 2011 17:46 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"The woman has admitted to cases of murder and she did this during interviews already yesterday," said Stefan Marcopoulos at Stockholm police.

He was unwilling to detail the reasons for why the woman killed her children.

"It can interfere with the continued investigation as we are still looking for witnesses."

Anyone who was in the vicinity of the scene of the crime - Munkholmen in Sigtuna - and could have seen anything that could have a connection to the murder of the boys has been encouraged to contact the police.

Prosecutors filed a remand order for the 30-year-old mother on Thursday in the Attunda District Court.

The woman will also undergo a so-called paragraph 7 examination, according to several media sources, referring to an assessment of her mental health.

The brothers, aged four and eight-years-old, were found in the water near a dock, and their clothes were also discovered nearby.

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

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

The mother was arrested on Monday morning shortly before the bodies were located by divers.

Story continues below…

The killings have prompted a review of routines in Sigtuna municipality after is emerged that the boys had not attended their respective school and pre-schools this term (which began in mid-August).

It took 13 days without any contact from the mother before the school contacted social services regarding the absence.

According to the prosecutor the murder was committed on September 18th in Sigtuna.

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

16:15 September 22, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
I wonder where on earth people get the courage to do these kinda things. What drives them ? Money, relations???

what can someone possibly acheive with these kinda acts that can last and can give you happiness and peace of mind ? How cruel can a woman a mother can be. and why, should'nt have read thelocal today and yesterday. It was a father stabbing a 7 year old 17 times and today this. :-(((((((((((((((((((
16:31 September 22, 2011 by missjane30
It's sad how many stories like this one are being heard around the world lately. I will never be able to understand how somebody could harm innocent children, let alone them being harmed by their own mother.
16:38 September 22, 2011 by akhokhay
I feel sry for those kids:(

17:14 September 22, 2011 by ctinej
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
19:26 September 22, 2011 by TASHIII
who ever you are...

"Folks, if you don't embark on a serious re-- education of these people's superstitious beliefs, you are NEVER going to solve the problems that accompany their presence in Sweden"

the woman had issues no mother goes through labor and kills their child out of superstition she had psychological problems further more there is nothing like that in Kenya....

stop classifying people...don´t judge a whole society based on one persons actions thats ignorance...am sure i can find one or two Swedish criminals for you outside sweden....So what does that say about Sweden.

Stop being small minded...
02:07 September 23, 2011 by prince T

I agree with u. As if incidences like this does not happen more iin Sweden. Dont mind our pple. If it iis immigrant it is nation but if it is us, it is the individual. The mother definately have mental health issues not Kenya issues.
10:49 September 23, 2011 by Tysknaden
Women, who are panicing, because they are afraid (real problems or halluzinated problems) sometimes kill their children to protect them from an imagined terrible fate. It's like an instinct going amok. But males can act this way, too.

If this is ignited or fueled by religion in this case, I do not know. What I can tell you is: This horrible thing happens in Germany, too. In most cases it is a mental disease, a financial crisis or desperation about the husbands behavior. It is not really related to a specific religion.
11:02 September 23, 2011 by bolababu
@ctinej; ..what then would you prescribe to the Swedish man who stabbed his son 17 times? ..he probably grew up in Africa and has superstitious beliefs too? ..or does that make every Swede a murderer?

People like you do not even deserve the right to freedom of speech.
12:46 September 23, 2011 by Jes
@THAHII , homocide and suicide become so common in Sweden so much so that it was agreed that the media should not cover the stories publically.

Apparely, this rule does not cover non-swedes . That is the reason why ignorant people like you reach the silly conclusions like the one you are making here.

You will probably benifit from knowing that only in USA 200 mothers kill their own children each year and that three to five children a day are killed by their parents in USA.

Also you need to learn that the words :filicide , infanticide or child homocide were not invented in Kenya but in the "western " world
13:24 September 23, 2011 by unforgiven
God bless their young and innocent souls and may rest in peace.
14:57 September 23, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ unforgiven #10

I share your sentiments.

I wonder if the woman was on some kind of antidepressant i.e. prozac? I ahve read of instances where these anti psychotic drugs can actually have the opposite effect and there have been instances of people who have beed prescribred theses developing homicidal or suicidal thoughts.

In any case, it is a tradgedy whatever way you look at it.
15:20 September 23, 2011 by Tysknaden
@bolababu: This man is a migrant. Sorry.
17:10 September 23, 2011 by graceolsson
I don´t think that she was with her mental faculties in perfect harmony. Does not matter her nationality. A mother has no courage and no conditions to kill her children.

But, when I was in an interniship in a Brazilian prison, I talked to many mothers who killed their children. They were on the effect of drugs, prozac, medicine, depression, high pression and they live the rest of their lives with remorse.

I remember that a mother who killed 4 children in Notheast Brazil said to me: "I would like to come back to the second before my bad decision." Most of those people are murdered by other prisoners as revenge.
Today's headlines
Video: How to be Joel Kinnaman for a day
Kinnaman with one of the camera rigs that will allow people inside his head. Photo: Tele2

The Swedish Hollywood actor will strap a camera to his head, stream it live and allow viewers to interact with him this weekend.

Presented by Invest Stockholm
How Stockholm's cold climate boosts creativity
Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

Do long, dark winters actually make Swedes more creative and more productive? We spoke to Stockholm startups to find out.

Meet Sweden's lonely Donald Trump voter
A Donald Trump campaign button. Photo: Rogelio V Solis/AP

The Local talks to an American Donald Trump supporter on what it is like living in progressive stronghold Sweden.

Sweden to keep record-low interest rate in 2017
Sweden's landmark negative interest rate will continue towards 2018. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

The Swedish central bank said that it will take longer than expected to reach its inflation target.

Presented by Stockholm University
9 unexpected programmes at Stockholm University
Photo: Niklas Björling

Did you know Stockholm University offers 75 master's programmes taught in English? And some of them are programmes you won't find anywhere else...

Creepy clown messes with the wrong dog walker in Sweden
Not the clown in the story. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

A dog helped its owner fight off a creepy clown chasing the pair in southern Sweden.

A million Swedes are digitally excluded: report
How should Sweden bridge the digital divide? Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Tech-savvy Swedes? Perhaps not. A new study suggests that at least a million of its residents feel the pain of the digital divide.

Malmö's 19th Swedish title sets Champions hopes alight
Malmö fans celebrating after the match. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Malmö FF have their eyes set on the Champions League after winning the Swedish league for the 19th time.

What's on in Sweden
Five great autumn events in Sweden this week
Jazz in northern Sweden. Photo: Umeå Jazz Festival

Food, music, movies and more food. What better way of helping yourself forget that the days are getting shorter and colder?

Here's how slow Sweden's high-speed trains are getting
A Swedish SJX2000 high speed train. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 26th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast
Is Game of Thrones coming to Sweden?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available