Police are examining three possible versions of an incident involving a 22-year-old Syrian woman who sustained severe burns under unclear circumstances in her Tallinn home on Tuesday afternoon.
The young woman, who arrived in Estonia from Greece as part of the European Union’s refugee distribution plan last year, was taken to hospital from her Majaka Street apartment in Tallinn at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. According to the authorities, the woman sustained severe burns, and her condition is life-threatening.
North District Prosecutor Saskia Kask told journalists on Wednesday that the woman had been in the apartment with her 19-year-old husband and their baby child when she sustained the burns.
Kask said that the victim had made the emergency call that alerted the police herself, but at the time there was no information to what extent she had been able to explain what happened.
The police were looking at three possible scenarios at this point: a crime, an accident, or an attempted suicide.
An investigation has been opened based on the suspicion of causing serious health damage through negligence, and the husband has been detained for the next 48 hours.
The prosecutor emphasized that despite the fact of the husband’s arrest, none of the other scenarios could be ruled out. Police also have evidence that could support the theory of an attempted suicide as well as that of accident having taken place.
According to the authorities, the husband, who was described as having difficulties making himself understood because of the language barrier, has denied guilt. It has been established that the husband attempted to put out the flames on the woman. His statements however were contradictory, the police said.
The family arrived in Estonia as part of the EU migrant distribution plan from Greece in June 2016.
Editor: Dario Cavegn