Mum and baby died ‘due to illness’: police

The mother and 9-month-old baby found dead in a flat in Arboga, in central Sweden, died “due to illness or as a result of it” local police said on Monday.

Mum and baby died 'due to illness': police

“The baby died from exhaustion and starvation,” said police spokesperson Terje Lund to daily Aftonbladet.

When the bodies of the deceased mother Kjærsti Guseck and her baby Verona were found in January, police were unable at the time to rule out foul play.

The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) reported at the time that the woman was originally from western Norway, but had moved to Sweden in 2008 because she didn’t feel safe in her home country.

Police sources told daily Aftonbladet that the woman had lived at a secret address for a period as a result of threats made against her.

In 2010, her then boyfriend was convicted in Sweden after assaulting the woman and threatening to kill her.

The woman had six children in all, but only had custody of the youngest, the infant girl found dead in the apartment.

Neighbours told the Aftonbladet newspaper at the time that the woman had lived in the area for several years and was “always happy and a fantastic mother”.

However, the investigation has shown that neither woman nor the child had been subjected to any violence, neither did they have any strange substances in their systems.

“We have made the judgement that the woman died from illness and that her daughter died as a result of that,” said Per Envall of the Västmanland County police in a statement.

The ongoing murder investigation has therefore been halted. However, police were not willing to divulge any details surrounding Kjærsti Guseck’s illness.

Exactly when they died is also hard to tell, according to police, but it is likely that the baby outlived her mother.

“She died of exhaustion and starvation because her mother died before her. It is an unpleasant case. Tragic,” Lund told Aftonbladet.

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Fatal workplace mishaps claim two lives

Two workers died on the job in Sweden on Wednesday in two separate accidents involving cranes, less than a week after two workers died after drowning in coal tar at a coke plant.

Fatal workplace mishaps claim two lives

In one accident, a 63-year-old crane operator died after a ten-metre long post came loose and hit him in the head. The accident took place near the Rörvik dock on the island of Orust off Sweden’s west coast.

Workers were operating a crane on a barge located several metres from shore in an effort to secure the posts into the seabed. For some unknown reason, one of the posts fell from the crane, striking the 63-year-old. He was rushed to Norra Älvsborgs hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The second accident took place in central Malmö. Two workers were up in a bucket lift stringing up Christmas lights on lamp posts when their truck was struck by another truck.

One worker, a 64-year-old man, fell several metres to the ground, while his colleague managed to remain dangling in the bucket. Witnesses reported seeing the man lying bloodied on the ground as ambulance workers tried to revive him.

He was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

The truck that struck the crane was driven by a student driver in upper secondary school who was accompanied by an instructor, the Sydsvenskan newspaper reported.

While no one is currently suspected of committing any crime in connection with the accident in Malmö, two police reports were filed, one for a workplace accident and the other for a traffic violation.

The two deaths come just days after two workers died at a coke plant in northern Sweden after drowning in coal tar that spilled out of a tank during routine maintenance. The incident, which took place at a facility operated by steel-maker SSAB, sparked anger from unions about lax workplace safety.

“It is completely unacceptable that there are such shortcomings in the working environment that people die on the job,” IF Metall spokesman Anders Ferbe told the TT news agency at the time.

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