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A Jerusalem couple was arrested Thursday for allegedly abusing their two young children severely over the last several months, police said.
The suspects, who were apprehended on Wednesday, are suspected of beating and otherwise physically abusing their 2-year-old boy as well as their seven-month old baby girl, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.
Both the father of the children, who is in his early 30's, and the wife, who is in her 20's, do not have a past criminal record.
The parents, who live in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, were arrested following complaints from neighbors and social workers.
They are also suspected of neglecting their children by not providing them with medical treatment for their injuries.
The suspects deny the accusations against them, and assert that the allegations stem from a dispute they have with their neighbors.
The children, who have been transferred to the care of the city welfare agency, have multiple bruises on their bodies, police said.
The parents were remanded in custody by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court Thursday for four and five days each.
The suspects' names cannot be published due to the involvement of minors in the case.
Earlier this year, a 19-year old haredi man was arrested for allegedly beating his three-month old infant to death.
He is currently on trial for manslaughter.