Police in Nord-Trøndelag were investigating the death of a one-year old boy in Leksvik, north across the fjord from Trondheim, whose body was found in his parents’ home in the Vanvikan district on Wednesday. His 29-year-old father has been arrested, charged with inflicting severe bodily injury.
The father, a Norwegian who has an earlier conviction, faced a custody hearing on Thursday. He has denied guilt, while prosecutors said the charges against him may be expanded. They confirmed that the charges will involve violence against a defenseless child.
The little boy’s body was sent to St Olavs Hospital in Trondheim for autopsy. Police told reporters Thursday morning that they remained unsure of the exact cause of death.
Shocked neighbours said the father and the child’s mother had moved to the area just a year ago and they weren’t well-acquainted. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the father claims the child was already dead when the mother entered his room. Both parents were undergoing police questioning on Thursday.