Court and family fight over autopsy for baby

As haredim take to Jerusalem street, family of 4-month-old baby believed shaken to death by nanny appeals to High Court over post mortem.

Cynthia Blank, | updated: 14:32

Haredi protest over autopsy
Haredi protest over autopsy
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A bitter fight over the post mortem of a baby believed shaken to death by one of his caregivers has broken out Thursday between the Jerusalem Magistrates Court and the child's family. 

While the court has ordered an autopsy be performed to determine cause of death, the haredi family of Moshe Rafael Mizrahi vehemently opposes the procedure. 

The baby's father and grandfather, Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul, were in attendance at the court hearing Thursday morning. 

The Mizrahi family says it intends to approach the High Court and a stay has been issued on the post mortem. 

Meanwhile, members of the haredi communities in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood and Beit Shemesh are have begun a protest riot in Jerusalem's Shabbat Square against the autopsy. 

The demonstrator have blocked roads and thrown rocks at security forces patrolling the riot. There are so fare no injuries, but police have arrested three protestors.

The haredi community has traditionally opposed any and all autopsies and often hold large protest riots against the medical procedure.  

Four-month-old Moshe passed away Thursday morning at Hadassah Ein Kerem's pediatric intensive care unit - ten days after being rushed to the hospital suffering severe head trauma. 

It is suspected he died of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) after a caretaker jolted him too hard when trying to wake him. 



 




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