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Court Asks to See Mom in Circumcision Case

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Matt Sedensky/AP

A woman who fled with her son while fighting to prevent his circumcision is due in a Florida courtroom.

Heather Hironimus has been ordered to appear Tuesday with her 4-year-old son before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen in Delray Beach.

Gillen found the woman in contempt after she missed a hearing Friday. He said she had until 2 p.m. Tuesday to return with the boy and consent to the procedure or she'll face jail.

Hironimus agreed to circumcise her son but then changed her mind, leading to a long court fight with the boy's father. Judges have sided with the father.

The case has drawn protests and widespread attention from anti-circumcision advocates who deride the surgery as barbaric.