Boy, seven, ‘stabbed to death by 75-year-old woman’ in Switzerland

Boy, seven, is ‘stabbed to death by a 75-year-old woman’ on his way home from school in a crime that has shocked Switzerland

  • Schoolboy, seven, was stabbed in the neck at around 12.45pm in Basel yesterday
  • Elderly woman handed herself into authorities saying ‘she had attacked child’
  • Motive is unclear and police have confirmed family of boy did not know woman 
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A seven-year-old boy was allegedly knifed to death by a 75-year-old woman on his way home from school in Switzerland.

The schoolboy was stabbed in the neck at around 12.45pm yesterday on St Galler-Ring in the northwestern Swiss city of Basel.

His teacher found the child lying on the ground with serious injuries and called emergency services, but the boy later died at the University Children’s Hospital.


A seven-year-old boy was allegedly knifed to death by a 75-year-old woman on his way home from school in Switzerland (file photo)

Authorities said the elderly woman presented herself to prosecutors ‘and informed them that she had attacked the child’.

Police said they are still investigating the circumstances and motive for the attack, and are appealing for witnesses.

Police spokesperson Peter Gill told Basler Zeitung: ‘There was information that an elderly person was at the scene, and soon afterwards, a 75-year-old Swiss woman turned herself in to the prosecution authority.

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‘She said she had stabbed the seven-year-old to death. So far, we have no idea what the motive might have been.’

The woman is now being psychiatrically evaluated after the crime which has shocked the country.

Further investigations have also revealed that the woman did not know the boy, or anyone from his family, who originated from Kosovo.  


The schoolboy was stabbed in the neck at around 12.45pm yesterday on St Galler-Ring (pictured) in the northwestern Swiss city of Basel

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