Toddler Murder Suspect Held For Psych Evaluation

Porvoo stabbing in November shocked the nation.

File picture of East Uusimaa Police van / Credit: @IUPoliisi Twitter

A French national accused of stabbing his 3-year-old child to death in a Porvoo playground, has been sent for psychiatric evaluation.

A court in Eastern Uusimaa made the order this afternoon.

The child’s killing horrified the country when it happened in November. The accused man apparently took the child from home despite a restraining order which was taken out a few months previously by the child’s mother. The parents had split up earlier in the year.

Officers were called to the scene of the attack in a playground near a Swedish-speaking school, and detained the man. The child was airlifted by helicopter to hospital, but died from injuries.

Court-ordered psychiatric evaluations can take several months to complete.