State prosecutors have officially dropped criminal charges against a 13-year-old boy who attacked his father with a knife after also murdering his three-year-old foster brother in the small community of Stord, western Norway, in October. The national prosecuting authority in Oslo, Riksadvokaten, cited the young age of the assailant and that he couldn’t be held criminally responsible for his actions.
The case shocked the community and the country, and it remains unclear what will happen now with the child murderer, who has been turned over to child welfare authorities (Barnevernet).
The 13-year-old reportedly has told police why he attacked both his father and his foster brother, but police won’t reveal his motives because that would allegedly jeopardize efforts to return the boy to society. The little boy, who had been entrusted to the family’s care, was killed in the family’s garage of their house at Sagvåg on Stord.
Prosecutors have asked the child welfare authorities to keep them informed of any future decisions regarding the care and supervision of the 13-year-old.