Supreme Court petition against Ashdod baby autopsy

Family of month-old baby who drowned in Ashdod petitions court. 'Bring the child to burial without defacing his body.'

Mordechai Sones,

Demonstration against autopsy
Demonstration against autopsy
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The family of the month-old baby who drowned in an Ashdod hotel Jacuzzi petitioned the Supreme Court against an autopsy approved by the Ashkelon court.

Initially, the mother told police investigators that she was holding the baby, and bathing him in the bathtub when he slipped out of her hands and hit his head. Her husband, who was sleeping at the time, woke up to hear his wife's screams and began performing CPR.

Police have placed a gag order on the rest of the investigation.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represents the family together with attorney Moshe Elmaliach, wrote that the petition is being submitted first and foremost to fulfill the precept of preforming the true, unrequited kindness of burying a small baby who ended his life within a month.

Kikar Shabbat, Jerusalem demonstration against autopsy
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The petition states that autopsy constitutes serious insult to the dignity of the deceased, and while it is claimed that such operations are carried out when the cause of death is not clear, in this case the police are in possession of an interrogation proving the cause of death yet due to the gag order's provisions, these matters will be presented to the court behind closed doors.

הפגנת החרדים במאה שערים נגד נתיחת הגופה

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Another claim of the petitioners is that nowadays police can make do with alternative tests that would facilitate receipt of various data without harming the dignity of the deceased. The petitioners request the court to issue an interim injunction delaying autopsy until after a Supreme Court hearing and decision.

"This is a case in which the scream of the baby and the entire Jewish world calls out. I hope the Supreme Court will balance the various interests and also consider respect for the dead. We can end this affair and bring the child to burial in the State of Israel without desecrating his body and harming his dignity," said Ben Gvir.

Attorney Elmaliach said "post-mortem surgery is irreversible, and it's clear to us that the cause of death is known to the police. It's regrettable that the police ignore public sensitivity and respect for the deceased and seek to harm his dignity irrevocably."

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