Brain dead baby loses fight for life

Ahead of postmortem, police say it is too soon to discuss possible charges against babies' parents.

January 29, 2012 18:54
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Childrens ward at hospital [illustrative photo]

hospital baby infirmary incubator bed 390. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)


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One of the baby twins hospitalized last week with internal injuries lost his fight for life on Sunday. The four-month-old boy died when his heart stopped. He was declared lower-brain dead last week. His twin sister is out of danger and recuperating, according to doctors.

Tel Aviv police arrested the parents last week on suspicion of abuse, after the Safra Children’s Hospital at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer said a series of medical tests indicated the babies’ injuries most likely resulted from being shaken.

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The parents have denied harming the twins. A postmortem is due to be carried out on the baby’s body, a Tel Aviv Police spokeswoman said.

Earlier, the attorney representing the parents, Zion Amir, said his clients agreed to the procedure, on condition that an expert hired by the family be present, and that the postmortem not be carried out by chief pathologist Prof. Yehuda Hiss, of the L.Greenberg Institute for Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir.

Amir said Hiss had already decided that the babies were abused, and requested a “neutral” location for the postmortem. Should police and the parents fail to reach an agreement, the matter will be brought before a court.

A police source familiar with the investigation told The Jerusalem Post that it is too soon to discuss possible charges that might result from the investigation, adding that suggestions of manslaughter suspicions following the death were premature.

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