Man arrested on suspicion of shaking infant niece

Ashkelon court extends man's remand; Beersheba hospital notifies police after inspecting infant's wounds.

March 28, 2012 20:21
Childrens ward at hospital [illustrative photo]

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


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Police arrested a 24-year-old Ashkelon man on Wednesday on suspicion that he shook his infant niece, leaving her in serious condition.

The Ashkelon Magistrate’s Court decided to extend the man’s remand until Friday.

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According to police, about a week ago the baby’s parents took her to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center where doctors diagnosed her with internal cranial bleeding. She was then moved to the children’s emergency ward of of the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, where she remains in critical condition. Hospital staff at Barzilai notified police after they examined the baby, and reported that they suspected that someone may have shaken the baby, due to the nature of the injuries.

Police said that they interviewed all family members and anyone else who was near the baby before the incident happened, but focused in on the uncle, who they said, linked himself to the baby’s injuries.

Police said the man has no violent criminal record and the family is completely normative by any standard.

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