Haifa teen breaks father's jaw defending mother

A teenager trained in martial arts came to the defense ofhis 39-year-old mother in on Saturday, police said, breaking his 40-year-old father's jaw in theprocess. 

After witnessing his father allegedly strike his mother, theyouth, 15, "first tried to defend his mother and prevent his father fromattacking her," police said Sunday.

"Since his defensive efforts were insufficient to haltthe attack, the youth struck his father, fracturing his jaw," policeadded.

The father has been hospitalized for medical treatment. Theson has been released to house arrest after being questioned at a policestation. 

The Haifa Magistrate’ Court will hold a remand hearing forthe father later Sunday.