Social workers to boost training after child murders

Session will deal with growing number of children killed by parents; Michal Aloni choking her kids is 7th case in just over two years.

November 11, 2010 03:25
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Crowd surrounds home of suspect, Michal Aloni

311_house of Raanana murder suspect. (photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)

Social workers will hold an emergency training day in Tel Aviv next month aimed at understanding and dealing with the growing number of children being murdered at the hands of their parents or close relatives, a spokeswoman for the Welfare and Social Services Ministry confirmed to The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, hours after Michal Aloni confessed to strangling her two young children.

This is the seventh case of a parent or close family member murdering children in just over two years. In most cases the families were known to their local social welfare services.

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These services said that the Aloni family, including father Amos Aloni, had been receiving support for economic difficulties and problems with the mother, who had refused on several occasions to send the children to their educational frameworks.

Social workers said they did not know if the mother had received any treatment at a mental health facility.

A spokeswoman for the Welfare Ministry told the Post that next month’s training session would try to create a working plan on how to prevent such tragedies.

Wednesday’s murder follows a similar case in Tel Aviv in late September, where a mother tried to kill her two young children by pushing them out of their fourth-story apartment. The children were critically injured.

Before that, in July, Itai Ben-Dror confessed to stabbing his three children aged 10, eight and five to death, while a year earlier, in July 2009, three-year-old Noa Goldring was found stabbed to death by her father.

In October 2008, another father killed his two children, a month-old baby and his three-year-old son, as well as his wife, in their family home before killing himself. A month before that, 31-year-old Regina Kruchkov admitted to drowning her son Michael, four, in the bathtub; that same month, a Rishon Lezion woman, Olga Borisov, drowned her four-year-old son, Alon, in the sea.

Another case that year that shook the nation was that of Rose Pizem, also four, who was murdered by her grandfather, Ronnie Ron, who hid her body in a suitcase and threw it in the Yarkon River. In that case, social services were not even aware that Rose, a French citizen, was in Israel.

The Social Workers Union says Israeli social workers have diminishing resources and growing caseloads, with each person responsible for an average of 200 to 400 cases.

Hannah Slutzky, the national supervisor for child affairs at the Welfare Ministry, has told the Post in the past that the onus should not be solely on the social workers, but on all those working with children, as well as on the general public, which is obligated by law to report any cases of suspected abuse.

The Welfare and Social Services Ministry runs an emergency help line at 118, where people can report their suspicions anonymously.

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