Jerusalem court rejects appeal to release alleged abusive mother

A Jerusalem court on Monday rejected an appeal by a mother of eight on trial for severely abusing her children to be released from police custody and placed under house arrest. The 38-year-old American-born woman, who was arrested and indicted last year in one of the worst child abuse cases ever uncovered in Israel's history, must remain in detention until her children testify in the grisly abuse case, according to the ruling by Judge Moshe Ravid of the Jerusalem District Court. The alleged ringleader in the abuse case, "Rabbi" Elior Chen, who fled the country after news of the case broke, is fighting an Israeli extradition request in a Brazilian court.