Balancing on an arm: Police probe father for child abuse in viral video

The mother is the next in line to be investigated.

Israel Police vehicle (Illustrative) (photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
Israel Police vehicle (Illustrative)
(photo credit: ISRAEL POLICE)
A video of a father holding his infant in one arm – gripping the baby around the waist in the palm of his hand – and strolling around the house with him as the child cries went viral on TikTok, following by other social media platforms in Israel, according to N12. 
As a result, he was called in for interrogation by the police – and the mother is the next in line.
According to N12's report, Israel Police had opened an investigation into the father's actions after having seen the footage. 
In the now-viral video, the father tells the child, "Say you're hungry, tell dad you're hungry, say it" while holding him tightly in the palm of his hand, speaking over the sounds of the crying infant.
Child abuse has been a growing issue amid the coronavirus crisis. In a 2020 report by Elem, a nonprofit organization that helps youth in distress, 43% of children surveyed reported a spike in verbal, physical and sexual abuse directed toward them during the pandemic.
Some 5% of those surveyed by Elem have attempted suicide.