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Baby dies after Stockholm suicide jump

3 Aug 2012, 17:32

Published: 03 Aug 2012 17:32 GMT+02:00

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The mother and child survived the 12 metre fall but were rushed to intensive care with serious injuries after what police believe to have been a suicide attempt.

Stockholm police have confirmed that the baby died on Wednesday, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily.

The 33-year-old woman, who remains in a medically-induced coma, has previously been suspected of attempted murder, this could now change.

"If there is a intent it could be a question of murder, otherwise it would be classified as manslaughter," said Stockholm police spokesperson Kjell Lindgren to the newspaper.

Police have as yet been unable to interview the woman and according to Lindgren it will be up to her doctors to decide when this is possible.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning at around 9am by Slussen - a busy road and public transport junction in central Stockholm.

According to a witness report the woman stood for a while on the bridge before leaping over the railing onto the road below.

"I looked at her and she looked back. Then I kept going. When I was 100 metres away I turned and then she was gone," the witness told Aftonbladet at the time.

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According to the police there are no further people suspected of involvement in the incident.

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Your comments about this article

20:27 August 3, 2012 by rise
The society has failed here at some point! :( The mother was clearly in need of professional care before doing that jump. I hope the little boy's soul finds peace.
22:44 August 3, 2012 by dizzymoe33
You know in America we have what is called "The bystander" law if you witness something bad happening and do nothing to help you can be held accountable which would be fines imposed and/or jail time. It is sad that most people just walk on by like it is no big deal. I hope that those people are never in need of help!! Because Karma sucks!
23:41 August 3, 2012 by Anglosaxon123
Hang on a minute, did I read that correctly? The bystander said "I looked at her and she looked back. Then I kept going. When I was a 100 metres away I turned and then she was gone"

Then I kept going? Then I kept going???? Then I kept going????????? Why the f*** would anyone *keep going* if they saw a woman with a baby standing on a bridge about to commit suicide. I find it hard to comprehend that a bystander would walk a 100 metres away and turn their back on a situation like this (especially as a baby was involved). How can this possibly happen I ask myself? Ohhhhhh...but hang on a minute. I suddenly realised. This wasn't in Britain....or the US or Australia. It was good old Sweden wasn't it. Stockholm of course. Where else. The place where nobody smiles at you (even if they have shared a bustop with you for the last 35 god damn years).

RIP little one. And I sincerely hope that this poor troubled mother get's all the emotional support she needs.
23:56 August 3, 2012 by rise

It differs between states, doesn't it? In New York so called "innocent bystanders" can walk free even if they don't intervene, no?

The question has been debated in Sweden. Last spring, 2011, there was a proposal of making a law considering handlingsplikt - "duty of intervening" - in situations like this, and similar. Unfortunately it doesn't seem yet to have left the "table of proposals". Hopefully this occurrence by the bridge will give new fuel to the debate so that at least some good will come of it.

At least there IS a duty to intervene if you happen to see a CRIME going on. If neglecting you do actually commit a crime yourself.
00:00 August 4, 2012 by Smartone
@ Dizzymoe33: Wicked observation!

I wish people learn to help each other to save innocent lives.
00:07 August 4, 2012 by rsmehdihasan
i agree, here looks like everyone is working or just doing their jobs like a machine...show some life, .... if i saw her ...at least i should ask her what he is doing....possible come to help her...
09:07 August 4, 2012 by Dazzler
So, anyone standing on a bridge is clearly insane and should be tackled to the ground, you heard it here first folks! Get busy! Just make sure you dont take down someone of the non honky persuasion, you'll be labeled a racist!
10:28 August 4, 2012 by skatty
I don't think it was something particularly wrong with the behavior of the witness.

I agree with Thomas S. Szasz who said:

"Suicide is a fundamental human right. This does not mean that it is morally desirable. It only means that society does not have the moral right to interfere"

The question is if the witness has the moral right to interfere without even knowing the reason of the person, who has decided to commit suicide?
12:47 August 4, 2012 by Svensksmith
Skatty: suicide may be an individual right, but what about the baby? No one asked him.
13:43 August 4, 2012 by Emerentia
@ Anglosaxon123 So if you see someone standing on a bridge you automatically assume that the person is about to jump? Most people don't, I think. Do you really ask every person you see on a bridge if they are about to commit suicide?
14:56 August 4, 2012 by skatty

By reading the comments in here, I don't think the witness can be blamed (and the behavior of the witness can be judged wrong), about the baby read the article again (on the Stockholm police personal).
19:50 August 4, 2012 by dizzymoe33

I am not familiar with the laws for each State it could be correct about New York but I am not sure.


All you need to do is ask if they need help you don't automatically assume that they are going to commit suicide. But the right thing to do if your INSTINCTS are screaming at you that something is not right is to see if you can help.
22:09 August 4, 2012 by Migga
@ Anglosaxon123

How do you know that the witness knew that the woman was about to jump? THe witness can`t be blamed for anything. And how do you know the witness wasn`t a tourist from the US, Australia or Britain?

But don`t think this is only something that happens in one country, it happens everywhere. You should look up what the "bystander effect" is and in what country it`s meantioned in.
22:41 August 5, 2012 by KossBoss

Totally agree with Migga here. I've noticed miserable people like yourself are quite typical representive acting like some garbage dump that spew out bullshit based on ignorance and hatred.

Based on your nick I assume you're a Brit, coming from a country where people aren't exactly known for good teeth health. I'd advice you to shut up your ugly mouths and smile less more often, because nobody wants to see your ugly teeth

when sharing a bus stop.
13:19 August 6, 2012 by Opaline
How does said bystander know if the person is suicidal or not?

How many people have you (general) met just before they attempt to kill themselves?

Would you assume a suicide attempt if you saw a baby in the arms of someone on a bridge?

The report doesn't say that the witness saw the woman stood on the edge looking down, just that they saw her. This could mean anything, she could have just been walking slowly or looked like she was waiting for someone, hence, the bystander did nothing wrong. Your first thought when you see someone on a bridge isn't "Oh god they're going to throw themselves" it's more likely to be something like "She's got nice hair. So from ICA I need..."
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