Mother Agrees to Son’s Circumcision in Exchange for Release From Florida Jail

A Florida woman’s yearslong battle with her child’s father over the boy’s circumcision ended on Friday after she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail. In a remarkable turnaround after a week behind bars for contempt and an initial hearing in which she was ordered to remain jailed, court reconvened and a sobbing Heather Hironimus signed paperwork giving approval for the four-year-old boy’s surgery, recoiling in tears and clasping her shackled hands after it was done. The shift, though under duress, threatened the hero status given to Hironimus by a bubbling movement of anti-circumcision advocates who have followed the case’s every turn. She remained jailed Friday afternoon and was due back in court Tuesday on a separate criminal charge of interfering with child custody. It was not clear how soon she would be released.