Carmel Mauda, 25, was charged with abusing minors and helpless persons after police obtained footage of her spanking children with their own diapers, forcing them up against the wall for hours on end, strapping them to chairs and feeding them their own vomit, among other horrific things.
The law states that offenses which include either physical or mental abuse of minors or helpless persons is punishable by up to seven years in prison. In Mauda’s case, such offenses are punishable by up to nine years since she was not merely an abuser but someone who was supposed to supervise the children attending her nursery.
The punishment will ultimately be determined by the severity of each of the 18 charges brought against the 25-year-old Rosh Haayin resident. The definition of abuse varies and the actual sentence may eventually be much lower than nine years for each offense.
Furthermore, in case she is convicted on all counts, the judge can rule not to sentence Mauda on each count individually, opting instead for a cumulative punishment.
Although it’s highly unlikely Mauda will receive a maximum sentence of nine years on each of the 18 charges, it’s possible her overall punishment will exceed 10 years in prison.
The Central District Attorney's Office said it’s pointless to speculate on a possible sentence for the defendant before she is even convicted. “Only after she is convicted, if she is convicted, we will think about what kind of sentence we will be seeking.”
Mauda's lawyer Guy Ein-Zvi from Public Defender's Office, reiterated the statement, saying, "She’s hasn’t been convicted yet and we’re already talking about the punishment. We do not hold public trials - we are a democratic society in a democratic state - the trial must be conducted in a courtroom."