This has got to be the third case we have posted here at Dastardly on a dad (here identifed as only D. J. W.) doing a "do-it-yourself" circumcision (read: genital mutilation) on his son. Is this a trend among nutso religious-type fathers? God help us if it's true. The Freudians would have a field day on this.
Dad botched circumcision on son, calls prosecution 'wicked'
By Keith Fraser, Canwest News ServiceDecember 11, 2009
A Vancouver man who botched the circumcision of his four-year-old son -- a few years after managing to infect his own penis while circumcising himself -- should be jailed for 12 to 24 months, a prosecutor says.
A sentencing hearing began Thursday for the man, who called the case against him a "miscarriage of justice."
The man, who can only be identified by the initials D.J.W., was convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm after the April 2007 incident.
B.C. Supreme Court Madam Justice Marion Allan found that D.J.W. had given his son honey wine before placing him on some garbage bags on the kitchen floor.
He told his son the circumcision would grant DJ "extra special protection from God" and allow him to eat Passover lamb, ice cream and that the boy could then pick all the movies he wanted for a week.
Wielding a razor blade, the father tried to cut away the foreskin on the boy's penis.
After making several cuts over a cutting board, the father sprinkled an ash-like powder called Wonder Dust on his son. The substance is normally used to treat wounds for race horses and other animals and is not deemed fit for use on humans.
The boy was later taken to hospital for treatment and the circumcision was completed.
On Thursday, the father reacted angrily to questioning by prosecutor Daniel Porte about whether he would be willing to do another circumcision.
"You're just taking advantage of me because I'm poor," said D.J.W. "You're taking advantage of me because I didn't have money to compel rabbis and other experts to come here and testify. What you're doing is rotten and wicked. This is a miscarriage of justice."
Doug Christie, the father's lawyer, said he would be looking for a period of probation with counselling provisions. The judge said she wouldn't rule out a conditional sentence.
The judge said Thursday that a psychiatric report ordered by the court was full of errors and needed to be done again.
The hearing was adjourned to March 25 to allow a new psychiatric report to be prepared.