Woman Uses Box Cutter to Circumcise Infant

I'm circumcised, and always thought it was for hygienic reasons (more than the religious ones). Hearing this story makes me really stifle an urge to cry. I shot a sketch yesterday where we make fun of a guy decapitating a dog and we thought we might be called sick. Then someone goes and does something like this for real. So sad. 




PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of attempting to circumcise her baby at home using a box cutter and a pair of pliers faces assault and criminal mistreatment charges.

Keemonta Peterson, 29, of Portland, told police she decided to circumcise her baby at home after reading the Bible. She said she watched some YouTube videos about circumcisions before making the attempt in October, according to The Oregonian.

After the 3-month-old boy suffered two hours of uncontrolled bleeding, she called 911 and the baby was rushed to a hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition. The boy appeared to have recovered with no permanent injury.

According to the prosecutor, a doctor described the baby's condition upon arrival at the hospital as life-threatening, and the pain as immense.

The details emerged in a memorandum Deputy district attorney John Casalino filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court and obtained by The Oregonian. The document was filed to oppose Peterson's attempt to be released from Multnomah County jail.

Peterson had been locked up since her arrest March 8 and held on $550,000 bail. At a hearing Tuesday, the prosecutor tried to persuade a judge not to make it easier for Peterson to get out of jail pending trial.

But Peterson's attorney, Scott Raivio, argued her bail should be reduced. His arguments were supported by a Close Street Supervision deputy, who noted Peterson has strong family support and had been attending mental-health counseling three times a week before she was booked in jail.

Judge David Rees lowered Peterson's bail to $5,000. She posted $500 — the required 10 percent — and was released Wednesday to the supervision of the deputy.

She has been allowed to see her four children, who are staying with family members, during supervised visits. A trial was tentatively scheduled for June.


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Comment by Big Fella on April 14, 2011 at 2:55am

Cutting of a perfectly healthy bit of your babies genitals is just plain silly, using a box cutter and a pair of pliers is a bit more Bronze Age I suppose then using medical professionals. Still, circumcision is a barbaric practice that should be abolished.

Comment by Ryan E. Hoffman on April 14, 2011 at 11:37am
@Kenneth I've seen that, but also: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2006/niaid-13.htm (reduces risk of contracting HIV) and http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/april2009/04062009infection.htm (curbs risk of contracting HPV and Herpes) as well as a thirty percent higher risk of urinary tract infections.

Will I get my son circumcised? I plan on adopting, so probably the decision will have been made for me. I have no regrets with being circumcised myself, nor does anybody I know.
Comment by NeonHammerer on April 14, 2011 at 2:11pm

As a woman, I don't have psychological phantom pains that men so commonly associate with images in films or someone recalling or seeing someone being kicked in the balls or having their foreskin cut off in an unsanitary way.  


I do think anyone who uses the bible to condone this freakish act is just plain stupid. 


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