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Father collapses at arraignment in Hasidic kidnap case

NEW YORK -- The father of a missing New Jersey teenager allegedly kidnapped by a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife collapsed in court Tuesday after a judge set bail for a third suspect who had only surrendered hours earlier.

The suspect, Mordechai Weisz, 19, had been a fugitive since a warrant was issued for his arrest last Friday.

He surrendered to Brooklyn prosecutors at 7 a.m., hours before he and his yeshiva teacher, Rabbi Schlomo Helbrans, and Helbrans' wife, Malka, were arraigned on kidnapping and conspiracy charges in the disappearance 10 months ago of Shai Fihma, 14, of Ramsey, N.J.



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