Mother who suffocated disabled son sentenced to indefinite hospital order

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A mother who suffocated her disabled 10-year-old son during lockdown has been sentenced to a hospital order without limit of time.

Olga Freeman, 40, killed her son Dylan at their home in Acton, west London, on 15 August last year.

She admitted manslaughter and today appeared at the Old Bailey via video link for sentencing.

Describing the case as "rare and desperately sad", the judge said the burden of looking after Dylan had taken its toll on Freeman.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb said the mother had been left "at her wits' end" and "exhausted" by the summer of 2020.

"I have no doubt at all that you were a remarkably loving and dedicated mother to a vulnerable child until multiple pressures overwhelmed you and your mind was swamped by a destructive illness with florid psychotic elements," she said.

"To some unknowable extent, it should be recognised that Dylan was an indirect victim of interruption to normal life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."