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Dad kidnaps baby from hospital, takes him to 2nd medical center in crate on bike

Father is sent for psychological assessment after he smuggles child from Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital to Ramat Gan’s Sheba Medical Center when medical staff deny transfer

In this image from video released by Israel's Police, a man can be seen on an electric bike carrying his newborn child in a basket, in Tel Aviv, on May 5, 2021. (Israel Police)
In this image from video released by Israel's Police, a man can be seen on an electric bike carrying his newborn child in a basket, in Tel Aviv, on May 5, 2021. (Israel Police)

A father was arrested after he smuggled his newborn baby out of Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital and took the child on a 20-minute ride in a crate on the back of an electric bicycle to the Sheba Medical Center in nearby Ramat Gan.

On Thursday, the day after the kidnapping, the father was sent for psychological assessment while he was being held on remand.

Prior to the kidnapping of his own child, the father had acted violently toward the medical staff at Ichilov, demanding the newborn be released to another hospital, Channel 13 news reported.

Despite the verbal abuse hurled at the medical staff, the man was not restricted from visiting his child after he sent a letter of apology.

General view of the Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv on November 10, 2020. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

However, on Wednesday he disconnected machines monitoring the child’s condition and took him out of the hospital against the instructions of doctors and without their knowledge.

Security camera footage released by the police showed the newborn in a crate on the back of the father’s electric bike on the busy streets of Tel Aviv.

For unclear reasons, Ichilov had denied the father’s request to transfer the child to another hospital, leading him to apparently take matters into his own hands.

The father, a resident of Bnei Brak, was arrested by police at the Sheba Medical Center. The baby is now being treated at the Ramat Gan hospital where he remains with his mother and under close guard.

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