Father indicted in fatal shaking of infant son

A year after a twin baby died and his sister was injured after alleged shaking, state charges father with manslaughter.

Twin babies sleeping 390 (R) (photo credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
Twin babies sleeping 390 (R)
(photo credit: Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann)
Shortly after his wife stepped out to sit in a café, a 38-yearold father of two brutally struck and shook his infant twins, leading to the death of one and the serious injury of the other, the Tel Aviv Prosecutor’s Office said in an indictment issued to the magistrate’s court on Tuesday.
The case made headlines in January, when “M.” was arrested along with his wife, on suspicion of abusing the boy and girl. The couple was reported to be a “normative” pair in their late 30s from Gush Dan, and there has so far been no explanation for why the event took place.
On Tuesday, the wife’s attorney said that she had been cleared of charges, and that there was no way to prove that she knew about or took part in the incident.
According to the indictment, at 4 p.m. on January 17, 2012, the mother came home from work and went to her room to take a nap. At around 6 she was awoken by the babies’ crying, and got up to put them back to asleep, before deciding to leave them with their father while she headed to a café.
It was only after she returned that she discovered what had happened.
The indictment reads that while the twins were in his care the father attacked both of them, grabbing the female twin and squeezing her under his arm until she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. He then allegedly grabbed his son and shook him violently before striking him twice in the head, causing him to lose consciousness.
Not long after, the son was rushed to a hospital, where he died.
M. stands accused on manslaughter, assaulting a minor and causing grave bodily harm, and abuse of a minor.
The prosecutor’s office on Tuesday also issued a request to renew a gag order preventing the publication of the name of M. or his wife.