Beit Shemesh man suspected of choking son for not being religious enough
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Beit Shemesh man suspected of choking son for not being religious enough

Police arrest 38-year-old for allegedly suffocating his 13-year-old son until he passed out

Illustrative: A policeman holds handcuffs. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
Illustrative: A policeman holds handcuffs. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

A man in Beit Shemesh was arrested Sunday on suspicion of assaulting his son because the boy wasn’t religious enough.

The 38-year-old, who is suspected of choking his 13-year-old son until he passed out, was arrested after officers who were called to the scene discerned marks on the boy’s neck.

There was no word on the condition of the boy, who was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics after the suspected assault.

Police suspect the man attacked his son because he felt the 13-year-old wasn’t sufficiently observant of Jewish law.

The man was questioned on suspicion of assaulting a helpless person and abuse by a guardian. On Sunday, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court approved a police request to keep the suspect in custody until Wednesday.

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