AMSTERDAM (CBS/AP) Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the murder of Stephany Flores and the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, suffers mental problems, his mother was quoted saying to a Dutch newspaper.
"My son is sick in his head," De Telegraaf quoted Anita van der Sloot as saying in an interview published on its website Sunday.
The comments were her first since her son's most recent arrest.
The 22-year-old Dutch national currently sits in a prison compound on the dusty outskirts of Peru's capital, Lima, held on suspicion of killing the 21-year-old Flores on May 30 - five years to the day after Holloway vanished while vacationing in Aruba in 2005.
Police in Peru say van der Sloot has confessed to killing Flores. He is scheduled to be interviewed by a judge in Lima next week.
For now, he spends his days in a nearly empty block of a high-security prison, where he shares a TV set and homemade barbells with a reputed Colombian hit man.
De Telegraaf: "My Son Is Sick in His Head" (in Dutch)