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Portland mom charged for circumcising baby with box cutter

The unemployed mom of four, allegedly tried to carry out circumcision at midnight using the box cutter as a scalpel and a pair of pliers as a tourniquet.

A Portland mother accused of trying to circumcise her 3-month-old son has been released from jail and awaits trial for assault and criminal mistreatment charges.

Keemonta Peterson, 29, allegedly circumcised her baby using a box cutter and a pair of pliers last October.

The Oregon mom performed the surgical procedure after watching some videos on YouTube on how to carry out circumcision.

Circumcision is a medical procedure that involves removal of some or all of the foreskin from the penis. It is performed a day or two after birth by a skilled surgeon.

Peterson said that she was inspired to perform circumcision at her home in Portland, Oregon after reading the Bible.

How it all happened?
The Portland mom told police that she decided to perform the surgical procedure as she was aware that doctors wouldn't circumcise her son because he was too old.

Peterson said that she was inspired to perform circumcision at her home in Portland, Oregon after reading the Bible.

The unemployed mom of four, allegedly tried to carry out circumcision at midnight using the box cutter as a scalpel and a pair of pliers as a tourniquet.

But all didn't go as planned. During the procedure, the wound started bleeding profusely. Though Peterson tried to stitch up the wound, all in vain.

Finally, after two hours of ‘uncontrolled’ bleeding, Peterson called 911, and soon the baby was rushed to hospital and upon arrival, the doctors had described infant's condition as critical.

Peterson faces charges
Though the baby has recovered and there is no permanent injury, Peterson faces charges of first- and second-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.

She was also arrested on March 8, but was released on bail last week. Initially, her bail amount was set at $550,000 but following a hearing it was slashed to $5,000.

According to prosecutors, Peterson has expressed concerns about her mental health. She said that she has suffered from sleep deprivation hallucinations.

Further, she had been undergoing mental-health counseling three times in a week before being imprisoned.

Peterson's trial is scheduled for June. Her four children are being looked after by social workers.