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Mother convicted of drowning young sons

The Local · 19 Mar 2012, 14:31

Published: 19 Mar 2012 14:31 GMT+01:00

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The court ruled that as the woman had been thinking about ending her sons’ lives a week before she watched them die, she should be convicted of murder rather than manslaughter.

4-year-old Elias and 8-year-old Tevin were found dead in the water near the Munkholmen swimming area in Sigtuna, near Stockholm, in late September.

Suspicions were soon directed toward the boys' 31-year-old mother.

The mother had been becoming increasingly unstable during the weeks prior to the tragic incident and she was experiencing severe financial problems.

After first denying she had killed the boys, the mother later admitted to pushing her kids into the water and watching them drown.

“Tevin didn't scream but Elias screamed for a long time. It was loud and he shouted 'no, no, no',” the mother revealed during interrogations, according to daily Aftonbladet.

She also claimed that she had meant to drown herself as well.

"We were all supposed to die," said the woman, according to the paper.

Since her arrest in the autumn last year she has been held at a secure psychiatric ward at Huddinge sjukhus, in southern Stockholm.

Two medical examinations have since confirmed that the woman has serious mental problems.

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16:54 March 19, 2012 by canuk
name of this woman: Grace Nyambura Kamau. she was a promiscuous lass, both kids had a different father. She said she was supposed to die that day by drowning herself as well, too bad she was able to change her mind, more then her kids were able to do. She will be deported back to the ghetto...
17:57 March 19, 2012 by bells on the knight
well at least something the swedish gov has done right but sadly after the fact
19:27 March 19, 2012 by spo10
heartbreaking...she could have just ended it herself first and spared the kids.
21:36 March 19, 2012 by J Jack
Actually she allowed one of her sons to die a drawn out and painful death without attempting to stop it .. not to try by media, but that would get no less than the death penalty in some very modern communities. Perhaps the Swedish govt. are putting that back on to the community to which she gets deported?
21:46 March 19, 2012 by vbzy
where is she going to be deported?
22:48 March 19, 2012 by Radhus
I could be wrong, but from canuk's post it sounds like an African name? But you know what, it really doesn't matter where she's from as this has happened too many times lately. A few weeks ago a man in Australia threw his 2 year old son off a bridge and then jumped himself. A woman in Canada drowned her two sons (aged 3 and 10 months) in the bath tub. She also had mental problems and wanted to kill herself but was arrested before she attempted. There have been at least 2other similar cases in Canada and two in Australia in the last five years. As a mum it's so heartbreaking to read this happening.

Nationality is irrelevant. It's all about mental illness and more being done to prevent such tragedies. Recent research shows that parents are killing their children to revenge their spouses. More often than fathers, mothers are known to want to kill themselves to end their problems but take their children too because they don't think anyone else can better look after them.

I hope more can be done in the future about alerting people to these signs when there are marriage breakdowns. Research needs to be sped up and information needs to distributed about the signs to look out for. In Australia, for example, there is a special day called "Are you OK Day" where people are encouraged to ask each other just that, especially to neighbours and others they don't see or hear of much. Those poor darling children are the innocent victims, but wanting to give execution to the mother as a sentence to murder or wishing she killed herself before being arrested is not the answer. Close, constant psychiatric care for now and prevention of future incidents is.
01:07 March 20, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
One indisputable fact that screams out loud in these many reports we have of all variety of crimes committed over the years in Sweden, and that indisputable fact is that VERY FEW are perpetuated by the real genuine article Swedish citizen. So I guess nationality really does matter, when it really comes down to it in the real world, rather than the somewhat cowardly world of denial as practised by political correctness, and liberalism.
01:39 March 20, 2012 by standelivr
financial problems in a rich, highly advanced, socialist state?
10:53 March 21, 2012 by Åskar
Socialist? Bwahaha! Sweden is one of the most thatcherised countries you can find.
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