'Starving mother' and her lawyer
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Child at center of 'starving mother' case leaves hospital

Officials say three-year-old boy will stay with relatives in line with court decision. Relative: It's a shame his mother cannot see him released

The three-year-old child whose mother is suspected of starving him was released Friday from the hospital he was recently transferred to.


The child was hospitalized at a central Israel medical center for about a week. Welfare officials say the boy was handed over to a relative in line with a court ruling on the case.


Authorities say they will decide on their next moves according to developments in the case.


One of the child's relative told Ynet the family was happy, but that "it hurts us that the mother cannot see him on the day he is released from hospital."


According to the relative, "We are very happy and satisfied with the child's release, and have not felt so good for two years. We have always remembered him with a feeding tube and attached to all kinds of machines, and he finally looks like a normal child – although he is not completely healthy yet."


The relative expresses his hope that the court would allow the toddler and his mother to meet during next week's discussions.


"In the meantime he is with a relative in Beit Shemesh, and all the family members here have already visited him. He will spend Shabbat here with other relatives who live in the city."

  Hospital officials say they intended to release the child a few days ago, but did not receive the go-ahead from authorities. During the week, relatives of the child prevented an investigator from speaking with him, while his mother did not show up at a pre-scheduled interrogation.


Earlier, hospital officials stressed that the child was receiving medical care and that his relatives were warmly treated by the medical staff.


Kobi Nahshoni and Meital Yasur Beit-Or contributed to the story


פרסום ראשון: 07.31.09, 14:14
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