Young Mother Attempted to Kill Infant Five Times

A 19-year-old mother was indicted at the Petah Tikva District Court yesterday for allegedly trying to kill her infant son on five separate occasions. A district psychiatrist has deemed the woman - who is suspected of attempting to strangle and drown her 8-month-old baby - fit to stand trial.

According to the indictment, in June this year the woman strangled her son until his lips turned blue and he stopped breathing. She then placed him in his stroller, called her husband and told him that their son was not breathing. Her husband called for an ambulance that evacuated the baby to Schneider Children's Medical Center in Petah Tikva.

In July, while the baby was hospitalized, the woman again tried to strangle him until he stopped breathing. She then called the ward doctor, claiming that the infant was dead.

Later that month, while on a visit to her husband's mother, the woman allegedly attempted to strangle the baby again as he slept in his stroller. Once again, the child turned blue and started to foam at the mouth before the husband called for an ambulance that rushed the infant to hospital.

After the baby was released home, the woman sat with him in an armchair in her lounge and began to strangle him until he turned blue. Immediately afterward, she placed him in his stroller and called her husband, who rang for an ambulance that returned the child to hospital.

At the end of July, while bathing her son in hospital, the woman turned him face-down in the bath and held his head under water for several minutes. When she realized that he wasn't breathing, she lifted him up, wrapped him in a towel, and asked another woman present to call for a medical team that saved the child.

According to the state prosecutor, the woman has confessed to the alleged acts.