A man arrested for
the stabbing of an Eritrean baby on Friday night in Tel Aviv was
ordered kept in custody for six days so that the state can assess his
mental well-being and fitness to stand trial.
The suspect, a Tel
Aviv resident in his 50s named Mordechai Zertzky, appeared confused
and somewhat agitated in court, and at one point shoved his attorney
and was physically removed from the hearing by court security guards.
said his client wants to return to his native Russia to be with
family, who can take care of him.
Contrary to police
reports, Zertzky's attorney said his client was not drunk at the time
of the incident, which he said was caused by his mental illness.
stabbed the baby in the head with a pair of scissors, penetrating its
skull, according to an Israeli volunteer who
has been assisting the infant's parents at Ichilov Hospital.
The volunteer said
that after the man stabbed the baby the mother handed it to her
husband and then chased after the man, eventually drawing a crowd
that held him until police arrived.
according to the volunteer, remains in serious condition.