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'Baby abuse case dad freed to house arrest'

February 8, 2012 13:48

Police decide not to request remand extension for father accused of shaking babies; Danino: Let investigation run its course.

Newborn baby in hospital [illustrative]

Baby in hospital birth yawn 311. (photo credit:Thinkstock/Imagebank)

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.

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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.

However, 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 said.

Danino added that in such a "sensitive case" it was best to "wait until the end of the investigation and not rush to make unnecessary comments."
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