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Mom In Circumcision Case Arrested After Fleeing With Son

Heather Hironimus, who went missing in March with her son, was arrested Thursday on contempt charges.
Posted at 8:58 AM, May 15, 2015

A Florida woman was arrested Thursday, three months after she fled with her 4-year-old son.  (Image via Broward Sheriff's Office)

Heather Hironimus and the father of the child, Dennis Nebus, have been fighting over whether their son should get a circumcision for years. (Video via WPTV)

The Sun Sentinel reports that when Hironimus and Nebus split in 2012, their decided "parenting plan ... allowed for Nebus to circumcise the boy." Two years later, a Florida court sided with Nebus and in March, ordered Hironimus to hand the boy over. 

That's when Hironimus and her son went missing, failing to show up in court. It's not known where they were up until her arrest.

 According tothe Palm Beach Post, the judge issued a warrant for her arrest, charging her with contempt of court. Last month, Hironimus filed a federal lawsuit to block the circumcision, saying it wasn't medically necessary. 

Circumcision is not as common as it used to be. 

CBS reported just 77 percent of newborn boys went through the circumcision procedure in 2010. That's down from 83 percent in the 1960s. 

Still, getting a circumcision has been found to lower the chances of contracting urinary tract infections, HPV, which is linked to cancer, and HIV. 

Hearings for the lawsuit Hironimus filed have yet to take place.