A woman in London has been sentenced to 30 weeks imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) to a two month old baby boy whilst circumcising him.
Taiwo Shittu, 55, of Atwood House, Kingswood Estate, SE21 pleaded guilty on 11th April 2014 at Woolwich Crown Court to one count of GBH in relation to the incident on 23rd November 2013.
On that day, at approximately 13:15hrs, the baby boy was brought into the A&E department of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich by his parents who were concerned about the amount of blood he was losing following the procedure.
Doctors examined the child and deemed his condition to be life threatening. He was immediately transferred to Guy’s and Thomas’ for emergency surgery, where a team of plastic surgeons attempted to rectify the damage caused to his penis.
Due to the seriousness of the child’s condition, specialist detectives from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation.
The parents of the child told officers that they had arranged for Shittu – whom they named as ‘Ms Alhaja’ – to perform the procedure at their Plumstead home and had paid her £100.
The officers traced Taiwo Shittu and arrested her at an address in Dulwich on 2nd December 2013, having ignored all requests to make contact with officers.
Her home address was searched and officers found medical paraphernalia including hospital grade antibiotics and surgical scissors.
When interviewed, Shittu stated that she was a nurse and midwife in her native Nigeria. She stated that she had performed many circumcisions in Nigeria and some in the UK since her arrival here in 2004.
Detective Sergeant Kam Sodhi of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Shittu claimed to be an experienced nurse but she has no medical qualifications either as a nurse or midwife in the UK.