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Prosecutor: Synagogue residence firebombed
RUTHERFORD — New Jersey law enforcement officials urged residents and religious institutions to be vigilant after a Rutherford synagogue and its rabbi’s sleeping quarters were firebombed early Wednesday, the fourth such incident within a month that has been classified as a bias crime against a Jewish center or religious institution in northern New Jersey.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said there was no evidence yet linking the four incidents, but his office hadn’t ruled out that they might be connected. In addition to being classified as a bias crime, Mr. Molinelli said Wednesday’s intentionally set early-morning fire at Congregation Beth El was possibly the work of more than one person. He said several Molotov cocktails and other incendiary devices had been thrown at the large white Victorian home, which houses a synagogue on its ground floor and the rabbi’s living quarters on the second level.
Mr. Molinelli said it was being classified as an attempted murder.
He also said there was nothing to suggest that the rabbi had been personally targeted but that nothing had been ruled out, as the investigation was continuing.
The rabbi, his wife and five children and the rabbi’s parents were sleeping when the fire occurred about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. No one was seriously hurt. Police said one device thrown through the rabbi’s bedroom window did not explode, but ignited, and the rabbi suffered minor burns putting it out.
Parents admit denying ailing son medical care
CLEVELAND — The parents of an 8-year-old boy who died from Hodgkin lymphoma after suffering for months from undiagnosed swollen glands have pleaded guilty to denying him medical treatment.
Monica Hussing, 37, and William Robinson Sr., 40, both of Cleveland, face up to eight years in prison at sentencing. They pleaded guilty Monday to attempted involuntary manslaughter in a last-minute plea deal before their trial was about to begin.
Willie Robinson collapsed at his home on March 22, 2008. Prosecutors say he had begged his parents to take him to see a doctor but had been rejected.
Hodgkin lymphoma is a highly treatable cancer.
Ms. Hussing’s attorney, John Luskin, said his client took responsibility in the case but, given her education and background, didn’t realize the boy was seriously ill and was treating him with cold medication.
“She is a mother that just did not have the capability to recognize” cancer, Mr. Luskin said Wednesday.
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