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Swedish mother gave 3-year-old cigs and beer

TT/Rebecca Martin · 7 Feb 2012, 08:10

Published: 07 Feb 2012 08:10 GMT+01:00

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“If this gets on YouTube, I’ll swear I have no baby,” said the woman on mobile phone footage while lighting a cigarette for her 3–year-old son, according to local paper Sydsvenskan.

The transcript from the two films, shot by a friend of the woman, then shows that the mother started urging her son on.

“Take a toke then you little… inhale then… come on now. Inhale a little. Light it up now, for goodness sake, get the damned thing going.”

According to the paper, others then gave the boy a can of beer. The mother did not protest. They started joking about what would happen if the social services found out.

The mother allegedly told the boy not to tell them, called him a squealer and a snitch and flicked her fingers at his head.

The film shows the young boy coughing and the group laughing. He is encouraged to blow smoke in his mother’s mouth and she does the same to him. She then scolds him for not handling the cigarette right, according to the paper.

In questioning, the adults present at the incident have said that it wasn’t beer in the can but water and that the 3-year-old was given a cigarette so as to feel “nauseous and dizzy” and develop a distaste for tobacco.

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The 32-year-old mother has now been charged with child abuse and breaking Swedish alcohol laws, according to Sydsvenskan.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:23 February 7, 2012 by Snoopy!
A real viking charmer that one
09:30 February 7, 2012 by StockholmSam
If ever there was reason to remove a child from a home...
09:48 February 7, 2012 by Bones
Take her kid away. Poor kid, scary to think that there are no doubt kids all over the world being abused like this. This really gets my blood boiling -I'd like to wring that woman's bloody neck!
09:52 February 7, 2012 by Exiled
Tragic but enlightening.

For a few years I have been asking why it is so popular for Swedes to adopt foreign born children. The metronomic answer is that there are no Swedish children unfortunate enough to need a loving home outside their natural family.

Of course this myopic view is farcical, but still, in my experience, people believe it.

Will this article open up a debate around the subject? If so maybe this poor innocent little child can look forward to the love and happiness he/she deserves.
10:26 February 7, 2012 by krow
Pathetic!!!. I see comparison with this womans action and parents who smoke and drink infront of their children. Smoking should be banned at home. Simple.
10:58 February 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Crap parent
12:20 February 7, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
..and I thought Scottish mothers were bad with Irn Bru in the baby bottle and Dunkin Doughnuts for breakfast !
12:35 February 7, 2012 by cattie
I will echo @exiled

I have an English-speaking friend who had a baby with a Swedish woman. She then became a drug addict. Same ilk as the woman in the above story.

My friend could never get the child away from the mother or her family, he never got full-custody of his sweet and smart child. In the courts, the childs "right " to access to his mother (or was it the mother's right to access to her child?) came in front of any interest in protecting the child from a drug addict home. A Swedish mother could never possibly be bad for her child.

The end of the story because it as horrendously tragic. The child grew to young adulthood, but then died by suicide.
12:36 February 7, 2012 by Kibitz
Well, she did give birth to this child, but she most definitely is no mother. And although she was charged, I think we all know that this Sweden, and they will probably compromise this to a lesson served because she feels bad. Or she will end up in a mental hospital furnished with the latest electronics in entertainment (DVD, Playstation, TV, ect.
12:43 February 7, 2012 by Challie70
32 year old mother...crap parent never going to change at this age. Take the boy now why he can be influenced by good people. Flicking your child in the head?!!
16:19 February 7, 2012 by Navras
The lady is crazy but We should not deprive her of the child.

She needs a psychologist and must be banned from drinking,smoking!
18:14 February 7, 2012 by dizzymoe33
The woman should loose her child and the other adults should be held accountable as well. Oh but wait there is no such thing as accountability these days because everyone has an excuse for their bad behavior.
19:05 February 7, 2012 by Poya K
Very tragic story..one could ask where is the father?
21:14 February 7, 2012 by cogito
@Poya K..."the father?"

This is Sweden, where fathers take no responsibility for their offspring.

The father has probably moved on to his second or third "new woman."
20:27 February 13, 2012 by bethrichardson
Ugh - these articles and comments are spoiling my idealic view of wonderful Sweden, where the crap I hate about the US doesn't happen. Bad parents, absentee fathers, serial killers/ rapists...at least tell me bigotry has been done away with!
16:44 February 17, 2012 by stevo1
Cogito needs to read the article #8 - do social services do any work here?
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