Father detained over Swedish baby death

A father suspected of involvement in the death of a baby has been detained in custody in western Sweden.

Father detained over Swedish baby death
The baby died at the NÄL hospital in Trollhättan earlier in July. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The district court in Vänersborg remanded the man in custody on Friday on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault, as well as suspicion of a separate assault when the same baby was taken to hospital earlier this year with a broken femur.

The investigation for the suspected assault from earlier in the year was previously closed because a crime could not be proven at the time, but a new investigation has now been opened.

“When we have a serious crime we also look at earlier investigations. That’s a normal procedure,” prosecutor Carina Gustafsson told radio station P4 West.

The father has denied the allegations and says that the child was sick in the days before it died. The child’s mother, who was previously arrested, has been released but remains suspicion. She has also denied the allegations.

The child died last weekend after it was taken to the NÄL hospital in Trollhättan, north of Gothenburg.