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Mum fined for giving toddler son cigs and beer

A Swedish mother who encouraged her three-year-old son to drink beer and filmed as he was given cigarettes was convicted on Monday and fined for her actions.

Mum fined for giving toddler son cigs and beer

The district court in Malmö convicted the woman of harassment, narcotic crimes, and unlawful procurement of alcohol and ordered her to pay a 5,000 kronor ($756) fine.

The woman’s fine was discounted as she had already spent 20 days under arrest when the incident first came to light last winter.

The court wrote in its ruling that the 36-year old mother’s crimes were of special consideration as they were “committed against a small and defenseless child, and occurred in the home of one of the people who should have been responsible for the child’s safety.”

Her children have been living at a foster home since the incident, which occurred at a party in Malmö, at which time the mother was under the influence of cannabis.

The woman has since confessed to offering her son cigarettes and beer.

At the party, which took place in June last year, the 3-year-old boy was filmed as he was urged to smoke a cigarette given to him by his mother.

“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,” the mother said according to the transcript.

Some other party goers 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 fact that the incident was caught on camera meant that the prosecutors had a strong case against the woman, who has since sought treatment for chemical dependency.

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Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck

Divers excavating the wreck of a medieval warship off the coast of Sweden have found barrels they believe may hold traces of 500-year-old Danish beer.

Divers find 500-year-old Danish beer barrels in Swedish wreck
The beer barrels had been branded with the letter 'A'. Photo: Brett Seymour
The Gribshunden, or Griffen, the flagship of King John of Denmark, sank in 1495 off the coast of Ronneby, southeastern Sweden, while on the way for talks with Swedish separatist forces int he city of Kalmar. 
 
“It's what we would expect but I still think it's quite fun because it gives us an insight to the life on board,” Johan Rönnby, an archeologist from Södertörn University outside Stockholm, told The Local. 
 
“We haven't taken any samples, so we can't 100 percent say that it is beer, but it is most likely that it would be beer on a ship, as water was not that healthy to drink.” 
 
The suspected beer barrels are marked with the letter 'A' and fitted with two stoppers on the lid, which would have enabled easy pouring. 
 
Rönnby's colleague Brendan Foley, a researcher from Lund University, said that the team were currently taking samples from the barrels to determine their contents. 
 
“We're taking sediment samples now and hoping we're going to find DNA evidence of hops,” he said. 
 
“What we're doing is getting a look at not just what the men on the ship were drinking but what King John was taking to Kalmar to impress Sten Sture the Elder.” 
 
Sten Sture the Elder had led Swedish separatist forces to victory against royal unionist forces at the Battle of Brunkeberg in 1471, after which he had become effective ruler of Sweden. 
 
The excavation of the Gribshunden, which is being part-funded by the Lund-based Crafoord Foundation, involves 40 researchers from 10 countries. 
 
The researchers announced the discovery with a press release on Friday. 
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