Daycare owner released to house arrest despite death threats

Channel 13 reported that Mauda was provided with a security detail after threats were made on her person.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
September 23, 2019 00:02
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The house of Carmel Mauda burning

The house of Carmel Mauda burning. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Daycare owner Carmel Mauda was released and placed under house arrest on Sunday, following child abuse charges.

It is unclear where she will be staying, as her own home was torched by an angry assailant and the family she was supposed to reside with refused to host her.

The alleged arsonist, 18-year-old Adir Ratzon, reportedly set fire to Mauda’s home on July. Channel 13 reported that Mauda was provided with a security detail after threats were made on her person.

Mauda is accused of abusing the children entrusted to her care at a Rosh Ha’ayin preschool she managed. She allegedly forced children to eat their own vomit, tied them up and hit them.

She faces 18 counts of abusing 11 toddlers. If convicted of child abuse, she could be sentenced to dozens of years behind bars.

The case sparked massive protests across Israel by parents concerned with the safety of their children, enraged by the lack of regulations in this field.

Anat Dayagi, founder of Parents for Infant Care – the group organizing the demonstrations – explained that there are no laws or regulations in Israel for kindergartens or daycare centers for newborns to children up to three years old.

“Anyone can open up a kindergarten or a day care center and do as they like,” she told The Jerusalem Post. “They can have 30 kids and only one caregiver. There are no sanitation regulations or safety regulations, like stops on the doors or other such things. This is why the protests are happening in Israel.”


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