The Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court on Wednesday freed to house arrest for a week the
father suspected of causing severe internal injuries to his twin babies
by shaking them.
The police decided not to request that the man
be remanded to further detention in jail while the investigation is
ongoing. He will, however, be prevented from having contact with others
involved in the case.
The mother of the twins, one of whom died
of his wounds last week, is also a suspect in the case and was freed to
house arrest on Tuesday.
The parents said they have not harmed the babies, and that a rare genetic disease may have caused the injuries.
The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court said there was insufficient evidence at this stage to convict either one of the parents.
During the previous remand hearing on
Sunday a police representative claimed to have evidence he referred to
as a "smoking gun," implicating the parents in abusing the babies.
Police chief Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino on Wednesday urged patience in
the case, saying premature conclusions should not be drawn before the
investigation into the affair is complete.
"I expect the affair
to be investigated until its conclusion. Such a tragic case of a young
baby dying from injuries obligates the police to find the truth. In the
event that there was a crime committed, justice will be served," Danino
Danino added that in such a "sensitive case" it was best to
"wait until the end of the investigation and not rush to make