State claims accused child abuser Yisrael Wallis poses danger to newborn

By DAN IZENBERG
August 15, 2007 23:19
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The Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the state's request to reconsider the remand conditions of 21-year-old Yisrael Wallis, after the state prosecution learned that he had become a father again. Wallis was indicted in April, 2006 of severely abusing his infant son, leading to his death, and the state prosecutor expressed concern that Wallis might pose a danger to his new child. The death of Yitzhak Wallis and the arrest of his father last year triggered riots by members of the haredi community, who said the state was persecuting Wallis because he was a haredi. Yitzhak Wallis was rushed to a hospital on the night of April 2, suffering from internal bleeding and from bleeding in the retinas of his eyes. Doctors found other signs indicating physical abuse, including teeth marks on his face. According to the indictment, Wallis was upset with the baby because he was born with a defect in his neck muscles. During questioning by police, Wallis at first denied that he had deliberately hurt the infant. He said he had tried to calm him down and that the baby slipped from his hands. Afterwards, however, he admitted that he had bitten the baby in the face, pinched him in the neck and chest and slapped him, because the baby was crying and keeping him from sleeping. The case is still pending. Wallis has been free on bail since April 25, 2006, though he is still under night house arrest and is barred from leaving the country. Now, however, the news that Wallis was a father again, constitutes "a new circumstance which necessitates a reexamination of the terms of the release from jail," wrote Nick Kauffman of the Jerusalem District Attorney's Office.


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