‘A very sick person’: ‘You have to get help’
Posted On June 20, 2021
A woman who has had to be taken to a hospital after her son died after a fight over a toy gun was found to have an unusual condition, a doctor said.
The young boy, aged 3, was found unconscious at his home on Thursday after his mother and her boyfriend were seen arguing with the boy about the toy, police said.
He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him brain dead.
The couple, aged in their 20s, were arrested on Friday and police said the child had a history of psychiatric problems.
“The family is being held in custody under suspicion of homicide,” the police said in a statement.
“They have been taken into custody pending further enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of the boy.”
The man’s girlfriend was arrested and police were investigating whether she had any involvement in the dispute.
“We will continue to work with local authorities and local residents to provide them with any information relevant to this case,” police said (in German).
“The case will be referred to the coroner for an inquest.”
The death has sparked widespread speculation over whether children should be put in a “safe” area in their homes.