10-year-old Boy In Sweden Strangled 4-year-old

By Salon Staff

Published December 14, 2011 1:54PM (EST)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Police in Sweden say a 10-year-old boy has confessed to killing a 4-year-old boy in a village earlier this year.

Police said Wednesday the boy strangled the younger one with a skipping rope Oct. 16, but declined to comment on the motive.

Local media reports say the 4-year-old was killed after running off from a playground in the southern village of Ljungby where he had been involved in a dispute with other children.

The boy was found dead in a shrub near a residential area a few hours later.

More than 35 police officers have been involved in the investigation and at least 65 children, aged between 5 and 15, have been questioned.

Children under the age of 15 cannot be punished under Swedish law and the matter will now be handled by social services.

Salon Staff

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