There’s a reason that even mohels — non-medical professionals who perform ritual circumcisions on newly born Jewish males — have some training. When rank amateurs attempt the procedure… well, suffice it to say that removing a portion of the foreskin of the penis is not a good DIY project.
Just ask 24-year-old Larry Leroy Floyd of Ocala, Fla., current address Marion County Jail. On Saturday, Floyd and his buddy, Robin Moore, were babysitting Floyd’s brother’s three young children when Floyd decided the youngest child, age 20 months, could use a circumcision.
So he reached for what has since been described as a “large kitchen butcher knife” and set to work. According to the Smoking Gun, Moore told police “he was in the living room with two of the children when Floyd came running out of a bedroom ‘with the one year old that was bleeding profusely and said that he was trying to circumcise the child.'”
As the child’s father simultaneously arrived back at the home, Floyd was still holding the bloody knife. “Bro, I tried to circumcise him,” Floyd told his brother-in-law, who then raced his bleeding child to a nearby hospital.
When police arrived at the scene they found the knife that had been used “and observed a blood-soaked shirt on a hallway floor and a bloody mattress in the bedroom where the child’s penis was lacerated.”
One officer further noted that “the residence was ‘absolutely filthy to the point of being unhealthy” and appeared to have feces smeared on the walls.'”
Floyd has charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, domestic violence, and child abuse. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he has “a history of arrests including charges of drug possession, domestic violence, armed robbery, trespassing, and aggravated stalking of a child.
According to police, the 20-month-old’s injuries are reported to be non-life-threatening, though he “would have to be examined by a urologist before the full nature of the injury could be known.”
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