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Sweden: Police Arrests Mother Who Locked Son Up For 28 Years



A woman in 70s has been arrested for locking her son inside their apartment for 28 years, leaving him undernourished and with almost no teeth.
According to the spokesperson of Stockholm police, Ola Osterling, “the mother is suspected of illegal deprivation of liberty and causing bodily harm.”
Osterling further stated that the man had been “locked up for a very long time” in the apartment in the southern Stockholm suburb of Haninge.
According to information gathered, the woman pulled her son out of school when he was 12 and kept him locked inside the apartment since then.
The victim who is now 41-year-old was found on Sunday by an unnamed relative after the mother, in her 70s, was taken to hospital.
It was disclosed that the man had infected sores on his legs, could barely walk, had almost no teeth, and limited speech ability.

Osterling would not comment on those details, saying only: “The man is in hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.”

The mother has denied the crimes, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said.

Doctors at the hospital had alerted police to the case.

The unidentified relative who found the man said the apartment looked like it had not been cleaned in years.

There was urine, dirt, and dust. It smelled rotten,” she told Expressen, adding that she had to wade through piles of junk to get through the hallways

No one could have cleaned that home for many years.”

“I’m in shock, brokenhearted, but at the same time relieved. I’ve been waiting for this day for 20 years because I figured out that she was totally controlling his life, but I never imagined the extent of it,” she said.

I’m just thankful that he got help and is going to survive.”

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