Infant drowned in jacuzzi laid to rest

1-month-old child buried in Jerusalem after completion of autopsy. Parents remain in custody.

Gary Willig,

Haredi protest over autopsy
Haredi protest over autopsy
Abir Sultan / Flash 90

The one-month-old infant who drowned in an Ashdod hotel jacuzzi was laid to rest Thursday afternoon, after the autopsy was completed.

Following the autopsy, the child's body was brought to Shikma Prison in Ashkelon, where the baby's father is being held, so that he could say kaddish.

The father's lawyer, attorney Nadav Gedaliah, said that "the court accepted our request that the father be allowed to separate from his son outside the Shikma detention center, with the consent of the police. This is a just solution, and we are happy that we have met the request and that the father will be given the opportunity to part with his deceased son. "

The body was then brought to Jerusalem for burial. The burial took place at Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.

The police arrested the child's parents and requested permission to perform an autopsy following the infant's death.

The baby's family submitted a petition against the performance of the autopsy as damaging to the dignity of the deceased. In addition, haredi demonstrators blocked streets in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak in protest against the planned autopsy.

According to halakha (Jewish law), autopsies are forbidden under most circumstances.

The Israeli Supreme Court rejected the family's petition and granted the police's request to perform the autopsy, but ordered the operation to be performed gradually and in the presence of a family physician to allay concerns for the child's dignity.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represented the family, said: "We regret the Supreme Court's decision, which harmed not only the family and the public, but first of all the body of a month old baby."

"I think that the staff of the Institute of Forensic Medicine is feckless, and that they conduct operations for the dead even where there is no need for it," Ben-Gvir added.

Further details of the case remain under gag order.


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