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Woman sentenced to hospital order following death of her son

News   •   Feb 11, 2021 13:20 GMT

[Sentenced: Olga Freeman]

A woman has been sentenced to a hospital order following the death of her son in Acton.

Olga Freeman, 40 (19.03.80), of Cumberland Park, Acton, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, 25 January to the manslaughter of ten-year-old Dylan Freeman by reason of diminished responsibility.

On Thursday 11 February, she was sentenced to a hospital order with a restriction without limit of time under section 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983 at the same court.

In the early hours of Sunday, 16 August 2020, Freeman attended Acton Police Station, where she stated that she had given Dylan some pills and pushed a sponge into his mouth.

Officers attended the home at around 02:16hrs and found Dylan unresponsive. Colleagues from the London Ambulance Service were requested and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Freeman was arrested at 03:11hrs on suspicion of murder.

A post-mortem examination was conducted on 18 August at Great Ormond Street Hospital. It recorded a provisional cause of death as upper airway obstruction by a foreign body.

The court heard that Dylan suffered from extensive mental and physical health issues which impacted his independence and his ability to communicate.

Freeman had cared for him for many years, using local authority services and an acquaintance for assistance.

She had also suffered with mental ill health and with challenges in her personal life.

She spoke to acquaintances about struggling with the responsibility of caring for Dylan.

Around 22:00hrs on the night before Dylan was found, she sent a message to a friend stating: "I am done. Where are u?"

The friend arrived at around 00:44hrs and found that Freeman had booked two seats on a flight from London Luton Airport to Tel Aviv. She said she had been receiving messages in her head. The friend was not allowed to go into Dylan's room.

Shortly before 02:16hrs Freeman attended Acton Police Station with the acquaintance, and said to the officer on duty that she had killed her son.

She largely answered 'no comment' during police interviews.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, lead investigator, said: "I can’t imagine the pain that Dylan’s death has brought to his loved ones and our thoughts remain with him and his family.

“Nothing can bring back Dylan or change what happened but I hope that it brings a tiny piece of comfort to his family that a sentence has now been passed.

“This has been a terribly sad investigation from start to finish. I’d like to thank the diligent and professional work of my team of detectives in the face of such a harrowing incident. I would also like to thank the selfless actions of my response colleagues who attended the scene on that night and tried their best to save Dylan's life."