A Bat Yam resident is suspected of imprisoning his family in their home for a whole year, police revealed Friday.
The 26-year-old was arrested by police and his remand was extended by the Tel Aviv District Court for five days.
The man’s family — his partner and two children, ages two and four –were denied medical care for the duration of the year and were not placed in any sort of educational system, police said according to an initial investigation.
The man is also suspected of threatening, sexually abusing and raping his partner, a 24-year-old citizen of a country in the former Soviet Union. Police have not revealed which country.
On Thursday, police received a call from a woman saying she was approached by a neighbor, who did not speak Hebrew, asking to alert police that she and her children have been locked in an apartment in Bat Yam, just south of Tel Aviv, for a whole year.
The woman told police that the father of the children and her life partner did not let any of them leave the apartment for the duration of a year. She described a daily routine in which the man left for work in the morning, locking them in a small room in the apartment, and returning sometime in the evening. He never took any of them with him or let them out.
The woman said she and her children were let out of the room in the evenings.
On Thursday, the woman said her partner accidentally left the door of the room unlocked, prompting her to run for help.
The man has reportedly denied the accusations.