Abused baby regains consciousness

Tel Aviv court extends remand of Or-Yehuda parents: mother's by six days, father's by three.

The 45-day-old infant who was allegedly abused by his parents in Or-Yehuda regained consciousness and his condition is improving, it was reported on Monday. Doctors disconnected the baby from the respirator machine and he began breathing on his own. Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court extended the parents' remands. Magistrate Daniel Ba'ari ordered the extension of the father's remand by three days and the mother's by six, due to the fact that a more central role had been attributed to her. The couple was arrested this, week after the baby was admitted to Shiva Hospital in Tel Hashomer suffering from internal head injuries and broken ribs. Doctors contacted the police after discovering the extent of his injuries. "I've never seen anything like this in my life," Mesubim Police Station commander Ch.-Supt. Ami Dahan told the Post last Sunday after describing the baby's injuries. "It's a very difficult sight to encounter." He said that the baby's family has a long history of abuse. A second son, now aged four, suffered a broken hand and had hot soup poured on him when he was much younger, Dahan said, adding, "These two cases are very similar." The family has been closely monitored by welfare service officials, who said that the parents had treated their children reasonably during the past eight months. No welfare representative checked up on the family last week, when the baby's most severe injuries are thought to have occurred.