Children kidnapped in southern Sweden found safe and well

Two children who were kidnapped close to their school in southern Sweden on Wednesday were found safe and well on Thursday evening.

Children kidnapped in southern Sweden found safe and well
The children were found in an apartment in central Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad / TT .

The children, two siblings both aged under 15, had last been seen close to their school outside Emmaboda in Småland, southern Sweden, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police suspect that the plan had been to drive the children to a different country, and had carried out checks on vehicles crossing the Öresund Bridge to Denmark.

“We have a feeling for what was behind [the kidnapping], but we can't make that public,” police spokesperson Robert Loeffel told TT.

Witnesses told police the children had been forced to get into a car, and a large-scale police operation got underway to find the siblings.

A widespread police search looked for the children, though police said there was no further danger to other children. Arrest warrants were issued for two men aged between 30 and 40 on suspicion of kidnapping, whom police said had a connection to the siblings.

On Thursday evening, regional police found four adults with the two children in an apartment in central Malmö.

The adults were taken in for questioning under suspicion for complicity to kidnap, but they were released later in the night. Robert Loeffel was not able to say if any of the adults were still suspected of any crime.

One of the two original suspects, who is related to the children, turned himself in to a police station in southern Sweden on Thursday and was arrested. The other suspect is still at large but an arrest warrant remains in place.



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