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Police lifted a media ban Wednesday on the initial findings of a postmortem carried out on the body of a baby who may have been abused, and revealed that the infant suffered from a fractured skull.
The four-month-old baby died Sunday, several days after arriving at the hospital with internal injuries along with his twin sister, who has since recovered. Speaking at a remand hearing for the baby’s father held at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, a police representative said the injuries were fresh, and could not have been caused by genetic problems, a viral infection, or a vaccination, as claimed by the parents.
The court extended the father’s remand by five days, and said in its ruling the investigation was in its “final lap.”
The judge said it appeared the baby was injured by a physical act rather than a disease or a yoga exercise – a reference to speculation earlier in the week that the babies may have been hurt during a “baby yoga” session. The baby’s mother is under house arrest.
A funeral was held for the baby boy on Tuesday afternoon, attended by both parents with a police escort.