Mother, 40, Charged With Murdering Her 10-Year-Old Disabled Son

 


The wife of celebrity photographer Dean Freeman has been charged with the murder of their disabled son Dylan, 10. 

Olga Freeman, 40, will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today over the killing, after he was found dead at their flat in west London.   

Her charge came after a woman walked into a police station in the early hours of Sunday to speak to officers.

Police found Dylan dead at his home in Cumberland Park, Acton, west London.

Mr Freeman is renowned in the photography world for his candid pictures of stars, including David Beckham and the Spice Girls.

In 2011 he credited his wife and son in a book by singer Michael Buble, showing behind the scenes glimpses of the American multi-million.

He said: ‘Love to my amazing wife Olga and son Dylan. You are my world.’ Mrs Freeman, who is originally from Moscow, is registered as living in the property, which has an estimated value of £544,000.

Dylan is understood to have lived with his mother. His father Dean is the son of Robert Freeman, who took pictures for some of The Beatles’ most iconic album covers.  

Officers have not confirmed the child’s identity and are still awaiting formal identification. 

Dylan was named in publicly available court details released this morning. 

Rakesh Shukla told MailOnline that he helped care for Dylan last year but had to give up the job as he found it too demanding.

Mr Shukla, 25 who lives in Acton, West London said: ‘‘He had a lot of disabilities, couldn’t speak and was prone to sudden outbursts, when he’d start kicking his arms and legs and throwing things around.’

He added: ‘My work involved taking him out to the park for a couple of hours so that Olga could have some time to herself. I only did it about three or four times, but it was too much for me so had to tell her that I couldn’t continue. I found it very stressful so I can’t imagine what it must have been like for her.

‘I only saw her last week and she looked really drained and tired.’

Another neighbour, who lives opposite the crime scene, said she would often see a little boy leaving the property in a specially adapted van.

Gillian Fisher, 34, said: “I don’t know who the family were but if the little boy is who I think he is, I used to see him being taken to school in his wheelchair in a specially adapted van.”

Reverend Nick Jones, 61, the rector of Acton, who lives on Cumberland Park, said news of the boy’s death was ‘shattering’.

He said: ‘I’m still shaking a bit, it’s hugely upsetting.’

Another neighbour said he was ‘in shock’ and that police cars and a private ambulance arrived at the scene at around 2.30am on Sunday.

Next of kin have been informed and detectives from Specialist Crime are investigating.

A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4205.

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