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75-year-old woman who killed seven-year-old boy in Basel did not know victim

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75-year-old woman who killed seven-year-old boy in Basel did not know victim
The woman who confessed to the murder is a Basel resident. File photo: Depositphotos
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A 75-year-old woman who confessed to the murder by stabbing of a seven-year-old boy in the Swiss city of Basel on Thursday is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

The woman turned herself in to state prosecutors after the murder in the city's Gotthelf neighbourhood.

She did not know her victim or his family, prosecutors in Basel-Stadt said in a statement on Friday.

Read also: Woman, 75, held over fatal stabbing of 7-year-old boy in Basel

Forensic investigations revealed she killed the boy with a serious knife injury to the neck.

The motive for the murder is not known.

The 75-year-old woman, a Swiss national, is currently being held in investigative custody but there doubts about her legal culpability, prosecutors said. She is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

The family of the murdered seven-year-old boy was from Kosovo and he is to be buried there after his body is released by investigators, Swiss media reported.

The boy's murder has shocked the local community in Basel and captured headlines across Switzerland.

The child was attacked while he was walking alone home from school at around 12:30 pm on Thursday.

The boy's teacher found him lying on the ground in a serious condition and called for an ambulance. Despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was declared dead at the hospital, police said.

Flowers and candles have been placed at the spot where he was killed.

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