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Man accused of kidnapping his own son after growing a beard

By Mason White 12:15 PM June 8, 2015
Torkel Kristoffers 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A man was arrested on charges of kidnapping his own son after he grew a beard.

Torkel Kristoffers was arrested after a neighbor called police to report a child being kidnapped.

Kristoffers, 39, was playing with his 2-year-old son Axel, outside his home in Stockholm, Sweden, when the boy climbed into a reusable grocery bag.

Kristoffers playfully carried his son around in the bag. It was all fun and games, and the child had a huge smile on his face.

However, a neighbor did not recognize Kristoffers because of his new facial hair, and quickly called the police.

Police raided the house and arrested Kristoffers for kidnapping. Police soon realized their error and Kristoffers was released from their custody.

Police released a statement, saying that nothing illegal had taken place.

Police spokesperson Eva Nilsson admitted that the police made a mistake. “It is currently not a crime to carry a child around in a bag,” She said.