A woman from southern Israel was charged on Thursday with throwing her two-month-old baby out of a moving car last week after apparently suffering a mental breakdown. The child was moderately injured.
The woman 37, who was not identified, reportedly yelled “What a bad mother I am” before lifting the baby from his car seat, rolling down the window and throwing him from the car as it traveled at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph), the indictment said.
The woman’s brother, who was driving, immediately stopped the car and managed to save the baby as cars drove by on the highway near the entrance to the city of Beersheba.
The baby was rushed to the nearby Soroka Medical Center suffering from moderate injuries. He has since been released.
The woman has reportedly confessed to the incident but did not explain why she did it. Two of her other children, aged 1 and 3, were also in the car at the time.
Following her arrest, she was sent for a psychiatric evaluation and declared to be in urgent need of psychiatric care.
The woman is being charged with aggravated bodily injury.
Prosecutors have requested from the Beersheba District Court that she be held in custody until the end of legal proceedings, during which times she will receive further psychiatric treatment and evaluations.