Police suspect that earlier this week the woman, a 47-year-old divorced mother of two, drove her daughter to a beach in Tel Aviv where she tried to drown her. The teen managed to escape.
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It is also suspected that on a different occasion the mother poured boiling water on the girl.
The investigation was launched after the woman turned herself in.
The daughter, who lives with a foster family, confirmed her mother's story.
The suspect was remanded in custody for four days and sent for a psychiatric evaluation.
The woman's attorney said in response, "It is yet unclear whether the suspicions are accurate. It is important to note that she sought the police out in order to get help."
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