A man in his 40s has apparently been released after his mother apparently detained him for 28 years.
He was found in a horrible condition, had very few teeth and barely had any language skills or ability to walk.
The 41-year-old was severely malnourished with painful sores on his legs and open wounds.
Swedish media were told that medics found him in a Stockholm flat and the man fought to walk and talk.
A 0-year-old woman has been arrested in the Swedish capital on suspicion of keeping a son under house arrest for three decades, police and a prosecutor said today.
A suspected relative entered the apartment on Sunday and was found injured, Stockholm prosecutor Emma Olson told Reuters.
He said he was stuck for about 30 years.
Various Swedish media quoted a relative who found him as saying that the man was seen lying on the floor on a blanket, toothless, unable to speak, and covered in wounds and bruises.
He was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery.
“He’s in the hospital now … I know he needed surgery,” said Olson, who did not elaborate on his condition.
The boy was picked up from school when he was about 12 years old, Express magazine and others reported.
He was found next to two fugitives on the walls of a chaotic apartment between 1955 and 199, relatives were also quoted.
The hospital was contacted by police, who arrested Mama. They surrounded the flat south of Stockholm, investigators gathered evidence at the scene.
Osson said in a statement that the mother denied allegations of false imprisonment and serious bodily harm.
The names of the two were not given.
There was no immediate explanation as to why the son was kept. Reuters could not be reached for comment.
Swedish newspaper Aftonblad quoted a source as saying that the mother was “excessive” about her son.
It came after a “family incident” that happened in the past, the paper reported.
After treating the man, hospital staff alerted him to the case and he was detained at an apartment in the South Stockholm district of Hanning for a police investigation.
A police spokesman told Reuters: “We’re looking into how long the boy has been in custody, but we’re assuming it’s been a long time coming.”
Aftonblatt said the man was seen lying on a blanket, it could be his bed, when the apartment was so messy that there were only small passages to get there.
The expression tells the female relative who found the man that the scene he saw was like urine, urine, dirt and dust, and smelled “rotten”.
He said in the paper that he had suspected for several years that the man was in the flat and decided to look for the flat after hearing that he was in the hospital of a flat0-year-old man.
He said: “That house could not be cleaned for many years. There was complete silence except for an old big TV which”
Just then he heard a sound from a dark corner of the kitchen.
“I noticed his legs at first. They looked horrible. Everything above his knees was just blows and open wounds. A part of the calf was black and there was a pus hole under it.”
He struggled to speak.
“I haven’t seen him in over 20 years, but when we met, he whispered my name over and over again,” he added.
Neighbors said the woman would stop talking but would change the subject if asked about her son, only he responded with “good”.
An Advent candle left in the window of the flat for 30 years highlights the dilapidated condition of the property.
Relatives who found him told Express: “I was shocked, broken, but released at the same time.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for 20 years now because I realized he was in complete control of his life, but I never imagined the scale of it.”
He added: “Mother has been able to run the society for so many years. It is terrible that she has been deprived of her whole life.”