A mother who took her 4-year-old and fled in order to avoid a court order that he be circumcised has been arrested and charged with contempt.
As WND previously reported, Heather Hironimus was on the run with her son for nearly three months, after Florida court officials sided with the boy’s father and ordered the toddler to undergo a circumcision procedure. The father had sought the procedure for his son’s health, and initially Hironimus agreed, the Daily Mail reported.
But she changed her mind, saying she was “scared to death” at the thought of the operation. She took up the matter in court, but lost. Doctors have since refused to perform the procedure without her consent.
So the court in February ordered Hironimus to sign the consent forms – but she refused and instead fled with the boy.
Hironimus subsequently filed a civil-rights lawsuit arguing circumcision violated her son’s Christian faith. She cited specific passages of the New Testament as well as Catholic teachings that read, “except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.”
Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen called her “reprehensible” for fleeing because she then made the child the “object of curiosity and worse,” the Daily Mail reported.
She was arrested on Thursday and charged with contempt of court. It’s not clear when the operation for her son is set to proceed.
Dennis Nebus, the boy’s father – who shares joint custody with Hironimus – said he pursued the operation in December 2013 because he saw his son repeatedly urinating on his leg.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that between 1979 and 2010 the rates of infant circumcision had declined from 64.5 percent to 58.3 percent. The report attributed the decrease to a number of factors, including a change in guidance from health organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics about the medical benefits of the procedure, reported the International Business Times.