Alleged baby killer placed under house arrest

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
April 25, 2006 23:58
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The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday placed a 19-year-old haredi man suspected of beating his three-month-old infant to death under house arrest after probation officers determined that he did not pose a danger to the public. The suspected baby killer, Yisrael Valis, is facing manslaughter charges. The court ruled that the alleged baby killer would be placed under full house arrest at his grandparents' Jerusalem home, without the possibility of going to synagogue. The prosecution had asked the court in the morning remand hearing that the suspect be barred from leaving his house, including for prayer services, while the defense wanted him to be allowed to go to synagogue. He has also been banned from leaving the country through the duration of his trial. "A person who is capable of killing a helpless baby shows himself to be dangerous and without barriers," prosecutor Nick Kaufman said. At the same time, the court rejected a prosecution request for electronic surveillance of the suspect. Valis's defense attorney, Yair Golan, blasted the prosecution's terms for his client's release as "draconian," which, he said, stemmed from the "disproportionate media frenzy" surrounding the case. "This is a personal tragedy of the first order from his perspective," Golan said. Valis has no other children and no past criminal record. The baby died in the hospital on April 10, a week after his father allegedly hurled the baby against the wall when he started to cry.


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