A 29-year-old Oregon mom was arrested for first and second-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment after attempting to perform a medical procedure on her infant son. After reading passages from the Old Testament, Keemonta Peterson decided the she wanted her 3-month-old boy to be circumcised. One problem. She knew the pediatricians at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital wouldn’t circumcise a boy that old. So after watching a couple of circumcision videos she found on YouTube, Peterson decided to take matters into her own hands. And those hands held a box cutter (scalpel) along with a pair of pliers (tourniquet).
It didn’t go well.
Yet instead of calling 9-1-1, Peterson attempted to stitch up the wounds while her 13-year-old son watched. Finally, after two hours of uncontrolled bleeding, Peterson called an ambulance. Her son was rushed to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition. Thankfully, the boy has made a full recovery.
During that recovery, Peterson remained in jail in lieu of a $550,000 bail. But Judge David Rees was recently persuaded by Peterson’s attorney, Scott Raivio, to lower the bail to $5,000, which she posted on Wednesday. Raivio pointed out that despite this horrific situation, Peterson still has strong family support. She had also been attending mental-health counseling three times per week before she was even booked.
Peterson t0ld the Oregon Department of Human Services that she’s been overcome with paranoia, as well as “auditory hallucinations.” She also told authorities that she follows the “Hebrew” religion.
Peterson is allowed supervised visits with her children who are staying with family members. Her court date is expected to be some time in June.