Haredi media calls on its own to question rash of child abuse cases
Tamar Rotem; 11/1/10
Last Monday, Nachman Anshin, who is suspected of having killed his 8-month-old daughter two weeks ago, called his father-in-law’s home and asked to speak to his wife. “I want to explain to her. If she hears, she’ll understand,” he said. The family members did not slam the phone down. They too wanted answers, wanted to understand what had caused the young man they had loved like a son or a brother to pound his daughter’s head on the floor until she died. “This is a tragedy,” said Moshe Starik, whose sister is Anshin’s wife. “He is not just any murderer; he’s an insider.” The mother of the baby was sitting shiva in the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood of Jerusalem and could still feel the milk pulsing in her breasts, as if it were time to nurse. She did not have the strength to speak to her husband. So he spoke instead with one of her brothers. Starik says his brother-in-law is detached from reality and does not understand the severity of his actions.