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Israel Police on Friday morning arrested a couple suspected of severely abusing their nine-month-old baby.

On Thursday, the baby lost consciousness and his parents rushed him to the emergency room of Hadera's Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.

A battery of diagnostic tests showed the baby was suffering from internal bleeding, brain damage, and severe bruises on different parts of his body.

Hospital staff estimate that the baby may have been permanently blinded.

The baby may have suffered irreparable damage to various other parts of his body as well, they added.

The parents, both in their 20s, have no other children. They are currently being interrogated at the Hadera police station.

Israel Police are investigating whether the baby's injuries are a result of severe neglect and abuse. It is expected that the Haifa Magistrates Court will decide to extend their arrest.

Hillel Yaffe Medical Center transferred the still-unconscious baby to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital.

"The investigators are determined to uncover the truth of this horrific incident, and to use the full strength of the law against those involved," Israel Police said in a statement.

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