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‘No foul play’ in teen girl’s hanging death

The 17-year-old girl who was found hanged in a tree in in southern Stockholm last Thursday was most likely not the victim of a crime, medical examiners concluded on Monday.

'No foul play' in teen girl's hanging death

The girl, who was found dead on Thursday morning in a wooded area in Skärholmen, has been identified by Swedish media as Jassitha.

Initially, police suspected suicide, however new information has led investigators to suspect a murder which may have been set up to look like a suicide.

But following the completion of an autopsy on Monday, police are now returning to their original theory about the girl’s death.

“It shows that the death was probably not caused by a crime,” police spokesperson Hesam Akbari told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

Jassitha’s friends and family have spoken out about the death of the 17-year-old, who was found hanged in the woods near her home and had been missing for several days prior to the discovery.

“She was such a beautiful girl, she would never take her own life, she was so strong,” said Jassitha’s father to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“She was my little girl, and the police must find out who has done this.”

He told Expressen that Jassitha was an accomplished student who dreamed of becoming a doctor.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for clues in the area where the girl was discovered, as well as interviewing friends and family of the girl.

The deceased girl’s boyfriend has revealed that a text message he received from Jassitha before her death said “See you in the next life,” wrote the paper.

The boyfriend also insisted that she would never have committed suicide.

One year ago, a relative of the girl was formally charged for several cases of aggravated assault and violation of integrity against the 17-year-old.

The relative was arrested and detained, yet despite the fact that the girl had given witness statements to police documenting her injuries, she retracted her statement in the court’s official hearing.

The relative was still convicted after having confessed to the crimes during the investigation and several witnesses had confirmed the story.

“We recognize the conviction, and have spoken with the relative after the girl’s death,” Ville Paloheimo of the Söderort police told the paper.

Despite the medical examiner’s findings, police continue to investigate Jassitha’s death.

“We haven’t dropped the case as there are a few measures we need to complete before we can change directions or close the case,” Akbari told SvD.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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