Trauma expert tells of ‘horrific’ scene at suspected murder-suicide

One day after witnessing the immediate aftermath of a mother who reportedly killed her four young daughters, then took her own life in the family’s Jerusalem apartment, the head of United Hatzalah’s Trauma and Crisis Response Unit recalled the nightmarish scene.

Miriam Ballin, who leads the unit, said she arrived at the smoke-filled, fifth-floor residence in an upscale Talpiot building compound within 15 minutes of getting the call with a team of four psychologists and social workers to calm immediate family members and neighbors.


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