Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rebbi charged with manslaughter after leaving toddler in hot car

A teacher was arrested last week and charged with manslaughter after leaving a toddler in a hot car until he died.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court has decided not to extend the remand of a resident of Modiin Illit, suspected of leaving the 4-year-old Chiam Boimel in a car for hours, leading to the boy's death.

Police pleaded with the judge to extend the remand of Nachman Stitzer for five more days on Friday, but the court chose to put him under house arrest. Stitzer, 22, who works as a teacher, is suspected of negligent manslaughter.
The suspect broke down at the hearing.

During the custody hearing the prosecution also charged Stitzer of running an illegal school bus service, when the victim was left in his car.
The prosecution said that "In order to improve his livelihood, the suspect provided transportation to and from school on his way to work. The entire incident was due to negligence.
This is a private car which five or more children between the ages of three to four were transported. Some had seat belts on, others did not."
The suspect said he left the scene assuming that the child was no longer in the car, locked the car with a remote control and kept going.
 The suspect also said he usually goes to his car all day to get cigarettes, unfortunately, this did not happen on the day of the incident, since he had his cigarettes on his person so he did not return to the car all day."
The prosecution said the suspect was cooperating with the investigation and had pleaded guilty to the charges. It was also noted that the suspect "broke down" several times during the investigation.

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