>Another shocking story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A 35-year-old mother was arrested for allegedly circumcising her 10-month-old daughter, police said. The LaGrange woman is currently being held in the Troup County jail without bond, Sgt. Chad Mann told the AJC. She faces female genital mutilation and child cruelty charges, Mann said.
“A relative changing the baby noticed that she appeared to be circumcised,” Mann said.
The AJC is not publishing the mother’s name to avoid identifying the infant. The baby was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where a doctor determined she had undergone some form of surgical removal of the clitoris, Mann said.
The baby’s father was previously granted temporary custody, and he alerted authorities about the child’s injury, police said.
“She’s in perfect health, other than that,” Mann said. The baby is in her father’s custody, police said.
Authorities are not releasing details about a possible motive for the mutilation. “Some of the areas of the investigation are sensitive,” Mann said.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 100 million to 140 million women are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation. Problems can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating and potential child birth problems. The procedure is carried out on girls ranging in infancy to up to 15 years of age.
FGM is the most disturbing procedure done onto the babies and little girls in this world. I can not fathom how anyone can justify this brutality upon anyone.