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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Prosecutors demand jail for ultra-Orthodox Jewish mother who starved her child

A woman who pleaded guilty to starving her child violated her probation conditions, according to court proceedings in Israel.

Just four years after the “mother who starves her child” criminal case was the talk of Israel, the woman was summoned to court again.

At a hearing today in the Jerusalem District Court, the prosecution demanded that the court impose a prison sentence on the mother.

The mother, Y. of the Meah Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, a member of the Toldot Aharon Hasidic sect, was accused of starving her son, 3. The mother of six was accused of starving her child, who weighed just seven kilos, and according to doctors was in danger of dying.

Now, the prosecution claims that the mother, who was released from prison following a plea bargain agreement, violated her probation agreement, which she signed before her release. Prosecutors are now demanding that the woman complete her prison sentence.

In the plea bargain that was signed and approved by the prosecutors, the woman admitted to seriously abusing her son, was required to stay under house arrest and agreed to not be with her children for five years.

According to the prosecution, the woman was ordered to undergo medical treatment, but she did not do so and thus violated the agreement. The court adjourned to case for four months.

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