Mother Arrested for Starving Child

by Rajashri on Jul 15 2009 10:55 PM

A 30-year-old Jerusalem woman was arrested last week after she apparently kept her son from eating food for over two years.

Police had to deal with protestors who denounced the arrest and even vandalized two welfare offices in the Mea Shearim area. The police suspect the woman has Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which is a mental disorder that leads people to harm other in order to gain attention from doctors.

The woman, who belongs to one of the most extreme sects in Jerusalem, is said to be a mother of five kids and is also five months pregnant. The current incident came to light after the boy was hospitalized and his feeding tube was constantly found disconnected.

The doctors then fed him at night when his mother was not there and found that his condition improved. Police apparently caught the woman disconnecting the feeding tube on hidden cameras.

The boy is currently at the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.