Ten-year-old's body found on bed with toys placed around him
Olga Freeman with her son Dylan. Picture: Facebook
Further details of the circumstances surround the death of Dylan Freeman in Acton have emerged at an inquest at West London Coroner's Court.
On the night of 16 August, the ten-year-old had been given something to help him sleep and a sponge had been tied over his mouth with a strap according to testimony given by coroner Chinyere Inyama.
His mother Olga, who was his primary carer and had been onantidepressants, presented herself at Acton police station in the early hours of the morning to say that she had killed Dylan. The inquest was told that she had also phoned a close friend to tell her what she had done. The friend came to her home on Cumberland Park and brought her to the station.
Evidence was given that Mrs Freeman, who is a Russian national, had been telling friends that she had been struggling to care for Dylan for the last six months.
Paramedics and police came to the flat where they found Dylan’s body with his toys laid around him. There was no indication that he had received any other injuries or that he had been placed under restraint. He was formally identified four days later by the headmaster of the school which he attended. The preliminary cause of death has been given as restriction of the airways.
Olga Freeman. Picture: Facebook
Dylan was profoundly disabled and suffered from autism and Cohen syndrome which mean that he needed to use a wheelchair.
40-year-old Mrs Freeman appeared at the Old Bailey earlier in the month accused of murder. She is due to appear again for a plea and trial preparation hearing on 4 November.
August 27, 2020