Child dies after ‘fall from great height’ in Stockholm – two adults arrested

UPDATED: Police have confirmed to The Local that a murder investigation is under way, after one of two children who were found seriously injured next to an apartment block in north-western Stockholm died.

a police officer outside the apartment block in hässelby, stockholm, sweden
Two children were found seriously injured north of Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

The children were found seriously injured at an apartment block in the Hässelby suburb shortly before 10pm on Sunday.

An investigation was launched and two people, a man and a woman, were in custody on Monday morning on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

“We cannot rule out that the children have been subjected to a criminal offence,” Stockholm police spokesperson Helena Boström Thomas told the TT news agency.

Police would not confirm the details, saying only it was unclear what was behind the incident and that the children were believed to have “fallen from a great height”.

The Expressen tabloid cited unconfirmed reports that the father allegedly stabbed the children and then threw them out the window, before stabbing himself. An injured man in his mid-40s was found in the apartment. Note that this was an ongoing investigation on Monday morning, still in its early stages, so unconfirmed information may change as further details emerge as part of the probe.

“Two adults with a close relationship to the children were arrested during the night, but I cannot confirm what the relationship between the adults and the children was,” a police control room officer told The Local on Monday.

He would not confirm reports that the children were pushed from the window, but said they were investigating the incident as suspected murder.

The children, younger than ten, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. At 8.30am on Monday, police confirmed in an update on their website that one of the children had died and the other was still in hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.