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Jail looms for mom who fled with son to fight circumcision

March 6, 2015

DELRAY BEACH, Florida (AP) — A Florida woman fighting the circumcision of her son has fled with the boy and will face imprisonment for contempt if she doesn’t allow the surgery to proceed.

Both parents had agreed to a circumcision in a legal document, but the mother later changed her mind, opening a long legal battle. Circuit and appellate judges have sided with the father.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen said Friday that Heather Hironimus could escape jail if she appears before him Tuesday with the child and signs paperwork needed to schedule the procedure.

The 4-year-old boy’s father, Dennis Nebus, testified he last saw his son Feb. 19. Hironimus’ attorney said he did not know where his client was.

The case has become a rallying cry for circumcision opponents, who demonstrated outside the courthouse.

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