UNITED STATES: Circumcision Case Goes to Jury
Khalid Adem denies circumcising his daughter. (c) 11alive.com
It is now up to a jury to decide the fate of a Gwinnett County man accused of mutilating his daughter.
Khalid Adem is charged with cruelty to a child and aggravated battery. Closing statements wrapped up in the case late Tuesday.
Prosecutors contend that Adem, 28, circumcised his daughter when she was 2-years-old. The defense said Adem's ex-wife blamed him for the genital mutilation as part of a custody battle. The couple soon divorced. Adem was denied visitation rights.
While female circumcision is illegal in the U.S., it is practiced in Adem's home country of Ethiopia where it is designed to preserve one's virginity.
The girl's mother, Fortunate Adem, is from South Africa where female circumcision is not accepted. She said she did not find out about the incident until two years later when a doctor discovered a scar on the girl's genitals.
The defense has raised the question of why it took two years before her mother noticed.
Adem faces a possible sentence of 40 years in prison if he is convicted.