MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A jury has decided that a central Indiana doctor shouldn't have to pay damages for circumcising an infant whose mother didn't want the procedure done.
The Delaware County jury on Thursday rejected a request for $400,000 in damages from Dr. Michael Burt for the 2003 circumcision at Muncie's Ball Memorial Hospital.
The Star Press reports (http://bit.ly/nKf7fL ) that Burt's attorneys argued that the doctor made an honest mistake and that no evidence was presented to show that the circumcision would prevent the now-7-year-old boy from having a happy and productive life.
The boy's mother said in her lawsuit that the doctor knew about her opposition to circumcision and that her family believed genital integrity is a basic human right.
The family earlier reached an out-of-court settlement with the hospital.
Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com