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article imageBoy, 11, calls cops for 'revenge' on parents

By Mike White     Feb 25, 2014 in World
A young boy in eastern Sweden called police and reported that parents assaulted him. Police took his claims seriously and several officers rushed to the scene. It was later discovered the boy was upset with his parents.
"The young boy called police and said that he was assaulted by his mother," Tomas Agnevik of the Östergötland police explained to the Local.
Reportedly, the line went dead after the 11-year-old made claims about the "assault" to emergency services. Police reacted quickly.
"This is something that we take very seriously, and we sent several officers to investigate," Agnevik told the Local.
"It turned out he had just made up the whole thing to get revenge on his parents after an argument. He had a tendency for doing it, he'd done it before," Agnevik added.
Agnevik said that fake reports of child abuse are rare in the country.
"It’s unusual that someone actually followed through with making a call like this. People usually just think about it, or joke about it. To actually call police and say ‘There’s been a crime’ – that’s pretty uncommon," Agnevik explained.
Sweden was the first country in the world to ban corporal punishment, doing so in 1979.
This wasn't the only incident in Europe of an 11-year-old recently making an unusual complaint to a police department over his parents. The Huffington Post reported an 11-year-old boy in Germany called 110, the German equivalent of 911 and complained of forced labor because of his parents giving him chores to do.
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