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Daycare closed after kids put in ‘danger’

A nursery in Stockholm has been closed with immediate effect after inspectors discovered that children were being left alone in dirty diapers and that a child almost got run over in traffic.

Daycare closed after kids put in 'danger'
A file picture of children on an outing at a Swedish dagis. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

The private daycare in Södermalm was visited in late February by inspectors from the education authority who noticed a number of serious flaws reported the Mitt i Stockholm newspaper. 

Among the litany of issues they discovered was that children didn't have their diapers changed, were left alone on high-chairs at tables and, on some occasions, weren't comforted when they were crying.

The nursery has had issues in the past regarding the competence of management. Parents had also expressed their concerns with a number pulling their children out altogether.

However, the decision to close the daycare was made after a child almost got run over by a car on a routine outing during the inspector's visit. On that occasion the inspector intervened to lift the child up and prevent an accident.

"We view this as a very serious issue which is why we have made the assessment that we've done," Stefan Larsson Lindmark, head of daycare co-ordination with the education administration in Stockholm county, told Sveriges Radio (SR) P4

He added to Mitt i Stockholm; "We always make an assessment of the seriousness of the flaws. It has long been foremost dealing with management failures which didn't present a direct threat to the child's safety and health.

Regarding the decision to close the nursery he said;"It was about an immediate danger to the children which is why we have made the decision to close the daycare."

The education administration stated in their decision that the daycare had an exceptionally high turnover of children. In 2014 alone, 13 children started at the nursery but eight kids were taken out by their parents.

At present the children from the daycare will be placed into a temporary school and in the autumn go to a new nursery.

Larsson Lindmark added to SR P4 that it was only the second time a daycare in the capital had been closed due to these circumstances.

"It's important that we have this option when there are flaws like this. The fact that it happens so seldom is a good testament to the daycare resources in Stockholm."  

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CHILD ABUSE

Swedish daycare worker jailed for child sex abuse

A Swedish court on Friday sentenced a male daycare (dagis) worker to six and a half years in prison for four cases of rape and 20 cases of sexual assault against toddlers aged one to three in his charge.

Swedish daycare worker jailed for child sex abuse
The assaults took place at eight of the daycares where the man worked from March 2014 until June 2015. Photo: Victor Lundberg / TT

The 40-year-old man, who worked at 40 different daycares in the southern municipality of Kristianstad as a temp agency employee, pleaded guilty to the charges, a statement from the Kristianstad district court said.

The assaults took place at eight of the daycares where he worked from March 2014 until June 2015.

“The man sexually abused several girls during diaper changes. The girls were between one and three years old. The 40-year-old, documented the abuses himself with his mobile phone camera,” the court said.

“The crimes are considered aggravated because of the way he carried them out, the fact that he abused his position as a child minder, and that he abused the trust he enjoyed,” it added.

“Crimes like these are very rare,” court spokesman Markus Nilsson told the AFP news agency.

The defendant also found guilty of one charge of abusive photography and one case of aggravated child pornography for documenting the abuses and saving the photographs on his computer.

The man, whose name was not disclosed, was caught in July when he sexually abused a young girl at a theme park where he was employed.

During police interrogation he came clean about the daycare assaults and rapes.

He risked a maximum sentence of seven-and-a-half years behind bars but was given a year less than the maximum because he had collaborated with the police investigation.

The court also ordered the man to pay damages totalling 1.6 million kronor ($188,000) to his victims.