Tel Aviv, Israel
Found guilty for sexually abusing and murdering his two-month-old daughter. Police said they discovered bruises all over the child's body including the area surrounding her sexual organs leading them to believe she had been sexually abused.
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- Article in Hebrew - Suspicion: Father arrested after the death of two-year-old daughter - also sexually abused (12/12/2004)
- Father suspected of murdering, molesting daughter (12/24/2004)
- Man remanded for suspected murder of 2-month-old daughter (12/26/2004)
- Man gets maximum 20-year sentence for killing daughter (01/07/2007)
- Man sentenced to 20 years for killing 2-month-old daughter (01/07/2007)
Maariv Hebrew edition article
Tragedy in Tel - Aviv: baby about two months, was found dead in an apartment in the city of hope, signs of violence on her body. His father's arrest murder suspect his extended ten days, and the arrest of the suspected island is crime prevention and reporting of abuse, has been extended by four days.
Yesterday evening, police received a distress call from a citizen reporting an infant in distress as unconscious in the street dug in hope. Citizen told the dispatcher that concern the lives toddler But he refused to identify.
Mobile Intensive Care Unit called to the scene found the toddler unconscious and in a short time doctors had determined her death. A Star - David Adom said NRG Ma'ariv during resuscitation actions of medical staff noticed that the baby suffered head injury, burn stomach and other injuries.
Police arrived on the scene rushed to the toddler's parents, Levi and Sophia Licq, a pair of Russian immigrants who barely speak Hebrew. Baby's father told the inquiry that while he was feeding his daughter Michal, she choked, began snarling and lost consciousness. The father argued that because of difficulties in Hebrew, asked a third party, who was out of town, call an ambulance.
Father had yesterday questioned by investigators at the police station open space in Jaffa. His father did not admit that he intended to kill his daughter, but said the cause signs of violence on the body of his daughter, he attempts to "entertain and soothe" her. The suspect also returned to his apartment in the last hour before the death of the child.
This morning brought a remand hearing parents and residents of Tel - Aviv aged 27, were arrested last night. The father's attorney, Attorney'' D. Jacob Keller, claimed that the suspect denies murdering his daughter. '' Pressured police investigation, which caused him to give evidence by the will of the policemen. Have to wait for the autopsy report to be possible to explain the bruises found on the body of the little girl, "said attorney'' D. Keller.
During the remand hearing of the father, police said Avidor Brush claiming: "This is a shocking one case I've ever known. Officers were amazed at the calmness of the suspect's amazing during the investigation." Brush also claimed that there were bruises on the baby's body, indicating the alleged sexual abuse on the part of the father. Examination which is taken Licq mental hospital by'' S. Abarbanel, he claimed that he killed the girl.
Discussion was also a complaint filed by the woman on her husband's violence and leave the house for a week. The woman returned to her house later, she claimed after threats were made to her that hurt. In her statement Sofia father called and told her that the girl died, but said he killed the girl.
הבוקר הוארך ב-10 ימים מעצרו של תושב שכונת התקווה בתל-אביב החשוד שרצח את בתו בת החודשיים. הטוען המשטרתי אמר בדיון: נמצאו חבלות על גופה של הפעוטה, המעידות לכאורה על התעללות
אתמול בשעות הערב קיבלה המשטרה קריאת מצוקה מאזרח שדיווח על תינוקת במצוקה המחוסרת הכרה ברחוב חפר בשכונת התקווה. האזרח סיפר למוקדנית שיש חשש לחיי הפעוטה,
אך סירב להזדהות.
ניידת טיפול נמרץ שהוזעקה למקום מצאה את הפעוטה מחוסרת הכרה ובתוך זמן קצר נאלצו הרופאים לקבוע את מותה. גורם במגן-דוד אדום אמר ל-NRG מעריב שבמהלך פעולות ההחייאה הבחין הצוות הרפואי שהתינוקת סובלת מפגיעת ראש, כווייה בבטנה וחבלות נוספות.
כוחות משטרה שהגיעו לזירת האירוע מיהרו לאתר את הורי הפעוטה, לוי וסופיה לליק, זוג עולים חדשים מרוסיה שבקושי מדברים עברית. אב התינוקת סיפר בחקירה שבזמן שהאכיל את בתו מיכל, היא נחנקה, החלה לחרחר ואיבדה את הכרתה. האב טען שבשל קשייו בעברית, ביקש מגורם שלישי, שהיה מחוץ לעיר, להזעיק אמבולנס.
כבר אתמול נחקר האב על ידי חוקרי מרחב יפתח בתחנת המשטרה ביפו. האב אמנם לא הודה כי התכוון לרצוח את בתו, אך סיפר שהגורם לסימני האלימות על גופת בתו הוא ניסיונותיו "לשעשע ולהרגיע" אותה. החשוד גם שחזר בדירתו את השעה האחרונה לפני מותה של ילדה.
קור רוח בחקירה
הבוקר הובאו להארכת מעצר זוג ההורים, תושבי תל-אביב בני 27, שנעצרו אמש. פרקליטו של האב, עו''ד יעקב שקלר, טען כי החשוד מכחיש שרצח את הבת. ''הופעל עליו לחץ בחקירה המשטרתית, שגרם לו לתת עדות לפי רצון השוטרים. יש לחכות לדוח הנתיחה כדי שיהיה אפשר להסביר את החבלות שנמצאו על גופת הפעוטה", אמר עו''ד שקלר.
במהלך הדיון בהארכת מעצרו של האב, אמר הטוען המשטרתי אבידור ברש: "מדובר באחד המקרים המזעזעים שנתקלתי בהם בחיי. השוטרים נדהמו מקור רוחו המדהים של החשוד בזמן החקירה". בנוסף טען ברש כי נמצאו חבלות על גופה של הפעוטה, המעידות לכאורה על התעללות מינית מצדו של האב. בבדיקה נפשית שאליה נלקח לליק בבית החולים ע''ש אברבנאל, הוא טען כי לא רצח את הילדה.
בדיון עלתה גם תלונה שהגישה האישה על אלימות בעלה ועזיבתה את את הבית למשך כשבוע. האישה חזרה לביתה מאוחר יותר, לטענתה בעקבות איומים שהושמעו כלפיה כי תיפגע. בחקירתה סיפרה סופיה שהאב התקשר וסיפר לה שהילדה מתה, אך לא אמר שהוא הרג את הילדה.
Father suspected of murdering, molesting daughterBy YAAKOV KATZ
Jerusalem Post - Dec. 24, 2004 Updated Dec. 25, 2004
Police said Saturday they are investigating suspicions that Levy Lalik - arrested Thursday for allegedly murdering his two-month-old daughter Mihal – also sexually molested her. On Friday, the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court extended Lalik's remand by an additional 10 days. The remand of Sofia – Michal's mother – was extended by four days.
Late Thursday night, police received an emergency call from an anonymous caller regarding an infant whose life was said to be at risk in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood. A police unit rushed to the scene and discovered Mihal lying unconscious. Doctors who arrived shortly after pronounced the child's death.
Police said Saturday they discovered bruises all over the child's body including the area surrounding her sexual organs leading them to believe she had been sexually abused.
Police detained the infant's parents - Levy and Sofia Lalik – new immigrants from Russia who barely speak Hebrew. The father initially told police he was feeding his daughter when she began to choke. He said that due to his poor Hebrew he called an acquaintance to alert the police.
During his interrogation on Friday, Lalik, 27, did not confess to murdering his daughter but did take responsibility for the bruises on her body claiming they were all done in an effort "to calm her down."
During Friday's remand hearing, police representative Avidor Barash called the case one of the most "horrific murders" he has ever encountered.
"This is one of the most horrific cases I have ever encountered," Barash said. "There are not enough words to describe the horror and the severe bruises covering her body."
Another police officer, who viewed the infant's body, said "it is impossible to imagine how someone could do this to their own child."
By Roni Singer
Haaretz - Sun., December 26, 2004 Tevet 14, 5765
The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Friday extended for 10 days the remand of a man suspected of murdering his two-month-old daughter on Thursday. Before the court hearing, Levy Lalik, 27, was sent for preliminary psychiatric observation at Abarbanel hospital.
The court also extended by four days the remand of the baby's mother, Sophia Lalik, suspected of failure to prevent a crime.
Police further suspect that the baby was a victim of sexual abuse by her father. This suspicion arose Thursday night after an initial pathology examination revealed that the baby had severe anal bruising.
In his preliminary police interrogation, the father incriminated himself by confirming that he had shaken his daughter, but did not confess to killing her. He explained the anal bruising as a result of trying to take the baby's temperature with a thermometer.
On Friday the father's lawyer, Yaakov Shklar, announced that his client was recanting all admissions, which he said had been made out of fear.
On Thursday evening, the father got his wife, who was away from home, to call for an ambulance after allegedly noticing that his daughter wasn't breathing. Paramedics who arrived on the scene found the baby in her bed, unconscious, not breathing, and with a severe head injury. An initial examination also revealed burn marks on her chest. These findings, along with the apartment's state of neglect, led them to call in the police.
A pathology examination suggested that the baby had died as a result of a criminal act by the father. At first the father said that he had fed his daughter, put her to bed half an hour later, and then looked in on her a short while after that, whereupon he noticed she wasn't breathing. He immediately called the mother, who was at a friend's home outside Tel Aviv, and she called a friend who summoned an ambulance.
Police investigators rejected this story because the medical examiner had identified additional bruising all over the baby's body. The father was arrested at the scene and the mother was picked up later that night on suspicion of failing to report child abuse.
The woman told investigators that she had previously complained about her husband's violent behavior toward her, and said that she had confided in the social worker at the absorption center where the couple lived upon coming to Israel last summer. Shortly afterward, while pregnant, she even left her husband but eventually came back. Nonetheless, the police suspect that the woman knew her husband was beating their baby girl and did nothing to prevent it.
"We're dealing with a suspect who was cool tempered under interrogation and astounded investigators by the manner in which he expressed himself, the way he described the case," the police representative said at Friday's remand hearing.
The Laliks immigrated from the former Soviet Union last August, and only about a week ago moved to an apartment on Hefer Street in south Tel Aviv, where the suspected murder took place.
By Nir Hasson
Haaretz - Jan. 9, 2007
A Tel Aviv man was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday for killing his 2-month-old daughter in 2004.
The three judges of the Tel Aviv District Court ruled on the maximum sentence for Levy Lalik, despite the fact that the conviction for manslaughter was made as part of a plea bargain.
According to the indictment, on December 23, 2004, Lalik - a 29-year-old immigrant from the former Soviet Union - was left home alone with the infant for several hours.
During that time, Lalik allegedly drank to the point of intoxication. When the baby began to cry he pinched her, applied pressure to various parts of her body, crushed her head and forcibly twisted her legs.
As a result, the baby suffered several injuries and died of her wounds.
Lalik was initially charged with murder. At first he tried to claim that the death was the result of an accident, saying he fell on the infant.
Later, he changed his plea to manslaughter, but judges rejected his testimony on two occasions.
In the first instance, Lalik pleaded insanity, and in the second, that the baby's death was the result of an accident.
Last September, Lalik confessed to manslaughter. The judges accepted the plea and issued a conviction.
The state asked for the maximum penalty, although defense attorney Yaakov Shklar asked to consider the fact that Lalik was intoxicated at the time of the incident and was experiencing difficulty integrating into Israeli society. He also noted that Lalik had no prior criminal record, and emphasized that he confessed to his own actions.
The judges rejected the attorney's claims, saying they were dwarfed by Lalik's deeds.
"The abusive actions of the accused toward the infant came in response to her crying and they became worse over time. The killing was not carried out in one thrust. Who knows and who can imagine the terrible physical and emotional suffering the infant underwent until her death. Instead of extending help and trying to save her, the accused expressed no remorse and assaulted her body, even though he knew she was dead," their statement said.
"The incident before us is one of those serious incidents that justify and demand maximum punishment," it said.
Man sentenced to 20 years for killing 2-month-old daughter
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