Twin babies sleeping 390 (R).
(photo credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
The state on filed an indictment charging a father with manslaughter to the Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday, regarding an incident last year in which the suspect was accused of shaking his baby to death.
The indictment charges the Gush Dan resident with killing his baby son, and assaulting and abusing his twin sister.
According to the indictment the man shook his four-month-old baby and hit him in the head twice. The baby died from his injuries two weeks after the suspected incident.
The prosecution seeks to prevent the father from leaving the country or contacting prosecution witnesses.
A gag order was imposed on the defendant's details.
The Justice Ministry released a statement almost half a year ago, that it would seek to
indict the father for manslaughter, but not the mother.
The state said that after examining
the case, it has sufficient evidence that the father shook the twins and that
his actions led to the death of one of them.
The state said it will argue
that the death was caused unintentionally, but that the father did intentionally
commit acts of violence against the baby who died and those acts of violence did
cause the baby’s death – making an allegation of manslaughter
Reacting to the announcement at the time, the parents’
attorney Zion Amir told The Jerusalem Post
: “We welcome the
prosecution’s decision not to press charges against the mother. Regarding
the father, we are hopeful that during the hearing process that is set to occur
within the upcoming month we will be able to prove that charges should also not
be brought against the father.”
The parents have previously claimed that
the baby who died suffered from a rare genetic disease.
started shortly after the twins were brought to Sheba Medical Center in Tel
Hashomer and hospitalized with bone fractures, when the National Council for the
Child called on police to investigate whether they were victims of “shaken baby”
The twins were rushed to
the hospital in January with internal injuries. At the time Prof. Gidi Porat,
director of Intensive Care at the hospital, said they did not rule out the
possibility that the babies suffered from a genetic disease.
syndrome is an intermediate condition between an accident and physical abuse of
The shaking of the head and neck can cause serious brain
damage, head fractures and broken ribs. Most parents, or other adults, do not
intend to harm infants, but rather seek to quiet them out of frustration over
their crying.Yonah Jeremy Bob and Joanna Paraszczuk contributed to this report.