- A 70-year-old mother in Sweden had been accused of keeping her adult son captive for 28 years. She is no longer suspected of any crime and has been released.
- The authorities were alerted after a family member broke into the suburban apartment and found the man covered in wounds and pus, missing all of his teeth, and unable to speak.
- She was arrested on suspicion of unlawful deprivation of liberty and grievous bodily harm.
- Social services were now investigating the case, including reports of him being removed from school and isolated at home, reported the BBC.
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A 70-year-old woman is no longer suspected of any crime after being arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and the unlawful deprivation of liberty.
She was initially accused of having kept her 41-year-old son captive in her Stockholm apartment for 28 years.
The elderly mother was reported to police after a family member broke into the apartment and found the man pockmarked in wounds and pus, missing all of his teeth, and unable to speak. The relative also described the flat as covered in “urine, dirt, and dust,” she told Swedish newspaper Expressen.
The man was taken to hospital for surgery, a Stockholm prosecutor told Reuters.
The preliminary investigation eventually found no evidence suggesting that the man was kept in the apartment against his will.
Prosecutor Emma Olsson told broadcaster SVT: “We have not been able to find any evidence that any crime has been committed by the woman.”
Olsson also said that his wounds were likely the result of illness, according to Swedish news agency TT.
Olsson told AFP: “One can question her suitability as a mother, but this is now up to social services to look into,” she said.
While the man’s mother has been cleared of the charges, the formal investigation has not been closed.
Social services were now investigating the case, including reports of him being removed from school and isolated at home, reported the BBC.
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