An Israeli doctor who allegedly covered up the murder of a 3-year-old boy who died from complications after being rushed to an urgent-care unit has been indicted in the case, Israeli media reported.
Dr. Yosef Gershon is accused of failing to properly supervise a hospital emergency room on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where the toddler died on March 14, 2016.
The toddler had been taken to the hospital after a suspected case of measles was confirmed.
According to the indictment, Gershoff did not report the suspected measles case to the Israeli Medical Association, and he had allegedly failed to ensure that the child was properly monitored.
“The defendant knew the seriousness of the matter and he failed to perform his duty of care,” the indictment said.
Gershon, who has been arrested in the United States and has denied the charges, is expected to appear in court in the coming days.
According the indictment filed in Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, the boy’s father, who is Jewish, claimed that Gershons negligence led to his son’s death.
The indictment said Gersons “failed to perform the duty of supervision” of the hospital and “failed in his duty to protect the child.”
The charges come after the family of the child, identified as Simeon, filed a complaint with the Israeli criminal investigation bureau over his father’s alleged failure to report the measles case.
The family alleged that Gorshons failure to follow proper procedures led to Simeons death.
On March 11, 2016, the 3-month-old child was rushed to a hospital in Jerusalem’s Old City after his parents were called to report that the boy had been sick with measles.
According to the boy, his parents reported him to the emergency room.
A doctor from the hospital later diagnosed him with measles, but his parents had not been informed about the illness and had not visited the hospital in the days before the boy was admitted.
According a family friend who did not want to be identified, the medical staff in the emergency department had not even checked the child’s temperature and did not seek a second opinion.
“He was not being checked for the measles at the time of his death, and his parents did not go to the morgue,” the friend said.
“They did not even know the child had died.
The doctors did not do anything to help him.”
The family has filed a claim against Gersheens family, and has demanded an investigation.
The doctor has denied any wrongdoing.
According it’s official website, Gelsons office at the Beit Shemesh hospital is located near a shopping center, and is staffed by an assistant, a nurse, a doctor and a nurse’s assistant.
“We take great care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients, and we take great responsibility for our colleagues’ behavior,” the website states.
“We are extremely sorry for this serious incident, and will take necessary steps to ensure a more humane and professional medical service for our patients.”
Gershon, who holds a medical degree from a US medical school, was indicted by a special court of investigation on Tuesday on charges of negligence and abuse of authority, the Jerusalem Post reported.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Post.
Gelshon, the son of the head of Beit Shomron, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish hospital in Beit Hanina, was born on February 9, 2011.
The court is expected soon to issue an indictment.