Three Israeli Day Care Center Workers Suspected of Abusing Babies

The investigation into the case started after one of the parents complained of suspected child abuse

Three caregivers at a day care center in Petah Tikva were questioned by the police on Wednesday on suspicion of abusing babies under their care
David Bachar

Three caregivers at a day care center in Petah Tikva were questioned by the police on Wednesday on suspicion of abusing babies under their care.

The investigation into the case started after one of the parents complained of suspected child abuse, and after the police spoke to several other parents who feared the caregivers had hurt their children as well.

Twenty babies of two age groups — one, under a year old, and one, over a year old — are enrolled at the center. The police suspect the abuse has been going on for a while.

“The law must make it compulsory to set up cameras in day care centers for babies and toddlers, so the footage can serve as evidence in court, because the helpless children cannot recount what they experienced,” said Member of Knesset Yifat Shasha-Biton (Kulanu), chairwoman of the Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child.

“We can’t afford to abandon the personal safety of the helpless. Only cameras and harsh punishment and proper teachers’ training will eliminate this nasty practice,” she said.