JERUSALEM, Israel - The State Prosecutor's Office issued an indictment on Tuesday charging a Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) mother from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim with child abuse.
The woman's arrest in mid-July prompted violent riots by Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox community, who threatened to resume rioting should they not be satisfied with her situation.
Two weeks ago, after being examined by a psychiatrist, the mother was released to house arrest, first in the home of a rabbi and afterward to her own residence.
Doctors suspected that the three-year-old child, who had been hospitalized several times, had been starved.
When he was admitted to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, he weighed about 15 pounds. Authorities arrested his mother after hospital staff videoed her removing the child's feeding tube.
Last weekend, the toddler was released to some close relatives, who said he looked better than he had in two years.
"We are very happy and satisfied with the child's release and have not felt so good for two years," they said. "We have always remembered him with a feeding tube and attached to all kinds of machines and he finally looks like a normal child, though he is not completely healthy yet," they said.
Source: Ynet news