Prosecutor's office seeks full arrest for double child stabbing suspect

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Võhma apartment building where Monday evening's attack happened. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

The prosecutor's office is seeking to keep in custody a 37-year-old Viljandi County woman who allegedly stabbed two children Monday evening, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Tuesday night.

Spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office Southern District Maria Gonjak said that procedural measures – the office must under standard process apply to the courts to have the suspect, currently detained by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), formally arrested – are ongoing, while investigations are attempting to ascertain the suspect's motives and whether she had been disturbed by the two children – two boys aged eight and 10 who had entered an apartment building stairwell to summons a friend.

"The prosecutor's office plans to apply to the court for the suspect's arrest on Wednesday," Gonjak told BNS.

A little before 6 p.m. on Monday, the PPA and an ambulance were called to the address on Kalevi street in the town of Võhma, after a neighbor had found the two boys, whose injuries are not life-threatening, in the aftermath of the attack. The alleged assailant lived on the ground floor of the building, and the attack took place in front of her doorway, it is reported.

Regional daily Sakala reported that the boys are brothers and live in an adjacent apartment block. After stabbing one boy three times and the other once, the suspect allegedly tried to flee the scene via the apartment's balcony, but injured her leg in the process.

Kairi Kaldoja, lead prosecutor at the Southern District Prosecutor's Office, stressed that there is never any justification for violence against children.

Kaldoja told AK That: "During the course of the past hours, both the PPA and the prosecutor's office have been repeatedly asked what the motive of the woman was that led to this activity. But I would like to ask what that matters. Is there any reason or motive to soften the implications. As a human being, I would say that any adult with a modicum of common sense would not do something like that. As a prosecutor, I would say that in this regard, an expert will definitely take an opinion on the mental state of the woman at the time the act was committed."

The case is ongoing.

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