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Mother admits killing 10-year-old son in Acton

|News, Violent crime

A mother who killed her vulnerable 10-year-old son during lockdown has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Olga Freeman, 40, admitted one count of manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey today (Monday, 25 January 2021).

From a young age Dylan Freeman had been diagnosed with autism, global neurodevelopmental delay, progressive myopia and significant difficulties with language and communication, self-help and independence. He was suffocated at his home in Acton sometime between 14 August and 17 August 2020.

In the week leading up to the killing, Freeman had spoken about saving the world and being a Messiah. In a voice recording she said: “This is my job: to sacrifice my beloved child to create a balance in this world.”

Freeman attended Acton police station to report herself following the killing. When police officers arrived at the scene they found Dylan placed in his mother’s bed.

Kristen Katsouris, from the CPS said: “This was a tragic death of a child at the hands of his mother who was struggling to cope.

“Olga Freeman had loved and cared for Dylan for many years, but the strain and pressures of her son’s severe and complex special needs had built up and that combined with her impaired mental health led to heart-breaking consequences. 

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this case.”

Freeman is expected to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 11 February.

Notes to editors

  • Olga Freeman (DOB: 19/03/1980) is from Acton in the London borough of Ealing.
  • Kristen Katsouris is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London homicide unit in CPS London North.

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