STOCKHOLM – A 70-year-old woman was arrested in Sweden’s capital Police and the public prosecutor said her son was on suspicion of holding her son in the home for up to three decades.
The man in his forties was found in the apartment by his relative on Sunday while he was injured. Stockholm Attorney General Emma Olson told Reuters on Tuesday, saying he may have been in custody for nearly 30 years.
Different Swedish Media reported, citing a relative and grandfather, that the man was found lying on a blanket on the ground, without teeth, unable to speak, and covered with ulcers and injuries.
“He is now in the hospital … I know he needs an operation,” said Olson, who did not give further details of his condition.
Expressen newspaper Others said that the son dropped out of school at the age of 12. He was found next to two calendars from 1995 and 1996 on the wall in the messy apartment, his relative was quoted as saying.
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Olson said in a statement that the mother denies the charges of wrongful imprisonment and grievous bodily harm.
Neither of them is named.
There was no immediate explanation as to why the son was detained. Reuters was unable to contact family members for comment.
The police alerted the case to the hospital staff treating the man, and police cordoned off the apartment in the Hanninge area, south of Stockholm, to conduct investigations.
“We are looking at how long the son might have spent in jail, but we assume it was a long time,” a police spokesman told Reuters.