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Mom Attempts DIY Circumcision on Son

Posted: Aug 18, 2011 10:23 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2011 10:54 PM

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The age-old argument of whether or not to circumcise baby boys will linger on forever, but it is an easy statement to make that a circumcision should never be performed at home by a child's mother.

Oregon mom Keemonta Peterson attempted to circumcise her 3-month-old son in her home with a box cutter after watching a how-to video on YouTube last October.

The Associated Press reports that Peterson was inspired by the Old Testament, but Oregon Live reports that she thought the baby was too old to be circumcised by a doctor. She called 911 after the baby began bleeding uncontrollably. He has since made a full recovery and doctors completed the circumcision, reports KPTV.

Peterson pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment. The 29-year-old mother has been sentenced to five years of probation. All four of her children, including the baby, are in state custody, though Peterson has supervised visits.

Topics: circumcision, box cutter, infant

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