The Jerusalem District Court on Monday approved a plea bargain with the "starving mom," according to which she will not serve a prison sentence and be separated from her children for five years.
In his decision, Justice Yosef Shapira hinted at the negative influence that members of the Eda Haredit community had on the mother, who was convicted of abuse: "The defendant admitted to actions that are naturally hard to admit, especially when they stem from social and environmental influences."
After leaving the courtroom, the defendant refused to speak to the press, and pushed away microphones and cameras while uttering "this is disgusting, get lost."
According to the agreement, the mother will be under house arrest for three years, and kept away from the children for five years except under conditions to be determined for visiting. She is also expected to undergo medical treatment.
After two years, if she meets the conditions of the plea bargain, she will be able to see her children in their house under observation for a few hours each day.
The children's welfare was what tipped the scale, added the judge while handing down the verdict.
Attorney Dvora Atia, who represents the mother along with Attorney Dr. Aviad Hacohen and Attorney Shahar Eldar, said at the end of the hearing: "The court reviewed the details of the agreement and approved it, and we accept it. It is an agreement that considers all aspects – it is a good agreement."
The plea bargain was approved, the case was closed with no imprisonment or community service. The Defense Counsel can be very pleased," added Attorney Shahar Eldar.