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A mother suffering from alcohol abuse hurled her two young children from their fourth floor apartment in south Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning, before leaping to the ground herself. All three survived the fall but were seriously injured.
Stunned neighbors reported hearing cries from the children as they lay on the ground after the fall, and called emergency services.
Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated a five-year-old boy in moderate to
serious condition and a four year-old girl in moderate condition to the
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. The boy, who sustained a head injury,
has been sedated and placed on a ventilator.
The woman was hospitalized in serious condition, and underwent surgery
for numerous injuries sustained in the fall. Despite her wounds, she was
fully conscious throughout the incident, police and paramedics said.
The woman told police on the scene that she had intended to kill her two
children and commit suicide, a police spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post
Speaking from her hospital bed after the incident, the girl said her
mother had cried out her father's name as she threw the children out of
The childrens' father, who was in Ukraine during the incident, has been
contacted and is on his way to Israel. The couple met when the man had
visited Israel as a tourist. He was later deported for
overstaying his tourism visa, and the woman then traveled to Ukraine
where the couple married. The man then obtained Israeli citizenship and
the couple returned to Israel.
A police spokeswoman told The
that the woman was detained several months ago
after officers spotted her walking with her children while she was
"No criminal offenses were committed so we made no record of the
incident. The incident was reported to Social Services and we let her
go," the spokeswoman said.
According to media reports, the woman had been hospitalized in a
psychiatric ward due to mental health issues, but Social Services had
not been aware of the woman's psychiatric history.
The investigation into Tuesday's incident is being led by
Dep.-Cmdr.Yigal Sanker of the Shunot police station.
Neighbors said the family had moved into the building, on Tel Aviv's
Rehov Maapilei Egoz, a few months ago. The mother reportedly works as a