Charedi mother to be charged

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2009
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Protest: The arrest sparked violent riots and fires in Jerusalem

Protest: The arrest sparked violent riots and fires in Jerusalem

The mother accused of starving her three-year-old son in the row which sparked the Jerusalem Charedi riots is to be charged with abuse.

Jerusalem State Prosecutor Moshe Lador is said to have been briefed on the case at the weekend and several counts are to be filed with the Jerusalem District Court after a psychiatric evaluation found that she was fit to stand trial.

The strictly Orthodox mother, who has been under house arrest for the past week, has not been allowed to see her son, who was recently released from hospital, but has been in contact with her other children.

The woman was originally arrested after cameras caught her apparently removing a feeding tube from her son’s mouth.

Her arrest led to violent riots in Jerusalem by Charedi protestors.

Her lawyer, David Halevy, has already said his client will plead not guilty.

Last updated: 9:35am, August 4 2009