Austrian man alleges mother locked him in basement for months


Authorities in Austria are investigating an allegation made by a 45-year-old man that was recently discovered in a home's basement after a "sanitary mishap" brought firefighters to the residence on Thursday, September 10.


Reported to be in poor health, the man was transported to a hospital for treatment and as of last Friday had not yet been interviewed according to Police spokesman Daniel F├╝rst, due to his poor condition.


During that transportation, the man alleged that his mother had trapped him in the basement since April


The 77-year-old mother reportedly told police that her son could have left the basement at any time.


Investigators are looking into whether or not this is a case of false imprisonment which according to many, is similar to the case of Josef Fritzel who was sentenced in 2009 for keeping his own daughter imprisoned in a basement for 24 years and fathering a number of children with her, one of which died.



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