Galilee mom released to house arrest

Woman suspected of trying to euthanize son partially admits to allegations.

March 11, 2010 16:45

The woman who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of having tried to euthanize her 17-year-old son began to cooperate with her investigators on Thursday.

The 53-year-old woman, from an Arab Israeli village in the North, was taken into custody after police received a report from the youth, who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

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The woman denied the allegations during questioning on Tuesday, but partially admitted to them on Thursday and began to cooperate with police. As a result, her remand was extended, and the Haifa Magistrate's Court released her to house arrest for ten days.

According to the teenager, his mother had smothered him with a pillow and disrupted the oxygen tube placed in his throat on Monday. The teenager reported the alleged actions to nurse at Haifa's Rambam Medical Center, and the hospital called in police to investigate.

The boy has been ill with the degenerative disease since the age of 11, and police suspect his mother was motivated by a desire to alleviate his suffering.

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