'It's hard knowing the parents have other children at home'

Tel Hashomer doctor explains arrest of Modi'in Illit parents.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Crying child (illustrative)
Crying child (illustrative)

Tel Hashomer's Dr. Galia Barkai, who was first to suspect the Modi'in Illit (Kiryat Sefer) parents of abusing their four-year-old son, spoke to Yediot Ahronot about the parents' arrest.

"Knowing what this child has suffered over time, both physically and emotionally, breaks your heart," Barkai told Yediot Ahronot. "And the knowledge that these parents have other children at home is not simple. There are no 'good guys' and 'bad guys' in this story."

Dr. Barkai first began suspecting something wrong when the child was hospitalized several times in only a few months. Each time, the doctors did not manage to figure out the problem and the child was sent home.

"In all the previous times, we did not manage to figure out what the child was suffering from, even when we did thorough examinations of all possible causes," she explained. "We simply did not succeed in understanding the reason for the repeated hospitalizations. Every time he was hospitalized, he got somewhat better and went home - and then came back again a while later."

On Saturday night, Tel Aviv's Hashalom Court extended the mother's arrest until Tuesday and the father's until Wednesday. This, despite the fact that hospital video cameras caught the mother - and not the father - adding an unidentified chemical to the child's IV line.

Tel Hashomer Chief Administrator Professor Asher Barzilai told Galei Zahal Radio on Sunday morning, "The boy arrived with illogical symptoms and his lab tests showed extreme results which we are not familiar with. It was clear that someone was giving him something.

"He was hospitalized in severe condition for several weeks, and now his condition has improved and is considered light. The boy has been transferred to the Welfare Ministry."

Public Attorney Hagit Rahmani, who is representing the mother, said, "This is a family which takes good care of all of its children. The mother denies any and all intention of harming her son."