Jesus Take the Wheel: An Eritrean baby was stabbed in the head by a Tel Aviv resident, identified as Mordechai Zertzky, in an attack motivated by the ongoing racial tensions in Israel.
via Jerusalem Post
A man arrested for the stabbing of an Eritrean baby on Friday night in Tel Aviv was ordered kept in custody for six days so that the state can assess his mental well-being and fitness to stand trial.
The suspect, a Tel Aviv resident in his 50s named Mordechai Zertzky, appeared confused and somewhat agitated in court, and at one point shoved his attorney and was physically removed from the hearing by court security guards.
Contrary to police reports, Zertzky’s attorney said his client was not drunk at the time of the incident, which he said was caused by his mental illness.
Zertzky allegedly stabbed the baby in the head with a pair of scissors, penetrating its skull, according to an Israeli volunteer who has been assisting the infant’s parents at Ichilov Hospital.
The volunteer said that after the man stabbed the baby the mother handed it to her husband and then chased after the man, eventually drawing a crowd that held him until police arrived.
The baby, according to the volunteer, remains in serious condition.