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A Beer Sheva woman who was arrested for throwing her two-month-old baby out of a moving car last week was indicted Thursday for causing bodily harm.

The relatively light indictment outraged police, who had wanted her to be charged for attempted murder.

The mother's attorney, who is also a psychologist, said she suffers from postpartum depression and "speaks about unconquerable urges."

"She told me that she held the baby and had an urge to toss him out the window. She told me, 'I opened the window, tried to stop myself, and then threw him into the air,'" attorney Yinon Hyman said.

Despite the claim of postpartum depression, experts note that such manic urges usually point to more severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or bipolar type 1.

According to the indictment, while the suspect was being driven by her brother near Beer Sheva last week, she opened the window and tossed her son out of the car while saying "I am a bad mother."

The suspect's brother immediately pulled over and stopped the car, signaling oncoming vehicles to stop as he rescued the baby.. After he found the injured child, the driver evacuated him to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva.

Soroka Hospital announced Friday that the baby's condition had improved,