Judge says 'abusive mother' acted properly
Jerusalem District Court justice rejects four claims made by State that woman suspected of starving her toddler son violated her house arrest conditions
A Jerusalem woman accused of starving her toddler son did not violate the court's instructions in regards to the conditions of her house arrested, and therefore the bail money will not be confiscated, Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Ravid ruled Sunday afternoon.
The State Prosecutor's Office asked the court on Thursday to confiscate the bail, as three of the woman's children had been sent abroad without updating the authorities and in violation of the conditions set by the court.
The woman's associates rejected the claim that the children's trip was in violation of agreements, claiming that it had been coordinated with the welfare authorities which are caring for the children, despite the State's objection.
Judge Ravid wrote in his ruling that the mother was ordered to take her children to a doctor for a medical follow-up. This decision was based on a previous ruling delivered by Jerusalem Magistrate's Court Judge Sara Dotan, that the children would be taken to the health maintenance organization by their mother, accompanied by another adult.
"Therefore, the fact that she herself brought the children to the doctor does not violate mu decision, which was not overruled in the Supreme Court's decision," the judge ruled.
As for the second claim, that the mother had violated the District Court and Supreme Court's decisions by preventing social services sources from being present during the doctor's appointment, the judge ruled, "This claim is also to be rejected, as my decision did not include a demand that a representative of the social services should be present during the checkup, and this also stems from the patient's rights law."
The judge added that the claim that the children had stopped visiting the doctor shortly before flying abroad, causing the mother to violate her release conditions, would also be rejected.
"The children stopped showing up for their doctor's checkup while their mother was hospitalized in hospital and gave birth to a baby boy. During this period, bringing them to the doctor was, naturally, not possible."
The judge went on to rule that "the claim that no meetings had been scheduled at the haredi emergency center is also to be rejected in light of what I have heard from a rabbi, that setting a date for coordinating the appointment took a long time, and when it had already been set, the mother was hospitalized."
[Hat Tip: just sayin.]