Boy Rescued From Rundown Hadera Home to Live With Sister

The teen was found by police and welfare workers after neighbors called the municipality because of a stench coming from the home

The house where the boy was found.
Gil Eliyahu

The 14-year-old boy who was found last week in a rundown apartment in Hadera and who had never been to school will be sent to live with his sister in the north and his parents will be allowed to visit him, the Haifa Juvenile Court decided Wednesday.

The Social Affairs Ministry, which had suggested the arrangement, said it will draw up a therapy plan for the boy and his parents.

Attorney Kinneret Zemour-Franko, the parents’ legal aid lawyer, said the parents “emerged excited and satisfied with the decision.”

The teen was found by police and welfare workers after neighbors called the municipality because of a stench coming from the home.

The boy told welfare workers that he would sleep in his parents’ bed and was taken out once every two weeks to the courtyard of the building. It later emerged, however, that he was familiar with sites in Hadera and had knowledge of historical events.

Hadera officials discovered that although the boy appears in the population registry and is even registered in a health maintenance organization, Interior Ministry records and Education Ministry records are not synchronized, which is why his absence from school was never noticed.