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Cornell student accused of threatening to behead Jewish babies to remain in jail

Cornell University junior Patrick Dai appeared briefly in federal court in Syracuse, New York, on Wednesday on charges that he made online threats to murder Jewish people and behead their babies.

Prosecutors argued that Dai should remain behind bars because he’s a “danger and a risk of flight.” His defense lawyer, Gabrielle DiBella, chose not to argue for his release, shutting down a hearing on the matter.

The 21-year-old engineering student wore an orange jail-issued jumpsuit, as his parents sat in the gallery. He was arrested Tuesday for the threatening posts on a Greek life message board.

“Watch out pig jews. jihad is coming. nowhere is safe. your synagogue will become graveyards. your women will be raped and your children will be beheaded. glory to Allah,” Dai allegedly wrote Oct. 28, according to a criminal complaint.

Dai i charged with making threats to injure or kill another using interstate communications, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Dai, whose attorney declined to comment, is due back in court Nov. 15 for a preliminary hearing. 

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and Chelsea Torres contributed to this report.

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to and @ReRosenberg.


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