Sweden to split siblings in deportation

Jan. 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Sweden is preparing to split up three siblings, with the two oldest leaving with their mother when she is deported to Serbia, officials say.

Child protective services took custody of the children in 2009 when the children were found unattended and living in squalid conditions, The Local.se reported Wednesday.

A disabled 8-year-old girl was found tied to a chair, and a 5-year-old boy spent hours cycling around his neighborhood in Halmstad, officials said. Their then-1-year-old sister was found sitting in her own waste.

Because the youngest child has a Swedish father, she is being allowed to stay in Sweden.

Appeals by child services officials were rejected by the Migration Board, which said it wasn't its job to determine if the mother was fit to care for the older children.

However, board officials said Tuesday they would check whether there were adequate support services for the children in Serbia.

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