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Mum to son: Smurfs and UFOs are real

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Mum to son: Smurfs and UFOs are real
17:25 CET+01:00
A mother from southern Sweden has been reported to health authorities for allegedly holding her son prisoner for years in a fantasy world inhabited by Smurfs and space aliens.

“She has convinced him that space aliens and Smurfs really exist,” reads the complaint filed with the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

The boy's mother, who also serves as one of his personal care assistants, has also forced the other three assistants who care for him to live in the fantasy world as well.

“Because the lies change and are expanded, it's hard to keep track of what applied,” explains the complaint.

As a result, the boy has reacted to his mother's elaborate fantasy world with “self-destructive” behaviour.

Repeated attempts by supervisors to force the mother to change the way she cares for her son have failed to yield any results.

“The section head has written in a document that the mother must change her ways with [the boy] and live in the same reality as most others,” the complaint reads.

Instead, the mother has chosen to apply for continued personal care assistance support from another municipality.

The complaint was filed earlier this month according to Sweden's Lex-Sarah laws, which oblige staff in the care industry to report instances of mistreatment to the social services.

David Landes

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