Man arrested for stabbing Eritrean baby ordered kept in custody

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January 5, 2014 00:07

 
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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.

Zertzky's attorney 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.

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