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Police arrested the parents and grandmother of four-month-old twins who were
hospitalized last week with internal injuries on suspicion of shaking the
with fractures may be victims of shaken-baby syndrome
The arrests Tuesday night represent a dramatic turn in the
investigation, and come after days of conflicting media reports over what may
have caused the injuries.
The twins were rushed to Sheba Medical Center
at Tel Hashomer last week, where doctors are still battling to stabilize the
condition of the baby boy, who is in critical condition. His twin sister is in
Doctors said at first they did not rule out the
possibility the babies suffer from a genetic disease. But on Wednesday, the
Safra Children’s Hospital at Tel Hashomer said a series of medical tests all
pointed to the explanation the babies were shaken as the most likely cause of
“I can confirm that they were arrested and are being
questioned,” a Tel Aviv police spokesman said. “They will remain in custody at
least until Wednesday morning.”
The arrests occurred at the
The parents have furiously denied allegations of abuse, and
hired high-profile attorney Zion Amir to represent them.
Amir released a
statement following the arrest describing suspicions against his clients as
“baseless.” He said the parents would continue to offer their full cooperation
with police to assist the investigation in reaching the truth.
baby syndrome involves the shaking of the baby’s head and neck, and can cause
serious brain damage, head fractures and broken ribs.
Most parents do not
intend to harm infants, but rather to quiet them out of frustration over
Boys and girls are equally susceptible to the syndrome,
which usually occurs during the first year of life, said Dr. Yitzhak Kadman,
chairman of the National Council for the Child. The frustrated adult usually
loses control after being unable to calm a baby. Kadman called on police this
week to investigate the case involving the twins.
Two years ago, the
council ran an informational campaign for parents and caregivers in Hebrew,
Arabic and Russian, which will soon be translated into Amharic.
council believes several dozen babies die every year due to shaken baby
syndrome, and thousands of children suffer injuries.Judy Siegel
contributed to this report.