LAGRANGE, Ga. — A LaGrange woman has been arrested and accused of female genital mutilation and cruelty to children in the second degree.
The 35-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday after relatives caring for her 10-month-old daughter realized the baby girl appeared to have been circumcised, said Sgt. Chad Mann of the Troup County Sheriff's Office.
The 10 month old was in the care of her father when another family member made the discovery. The baby girl was then taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she was examined by a doctor who determined some form surgery to remove the infant’s clitoris had taken place.
Mann said the sheriff's office was alerted to the situation after a referral from Troup County Division of Family and Children Services.
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"It's kind of unusual we don't see it too often at all," he said.
The woman is currently in jail, Mann said, and the baby is in the care of her father.
He also said because the investigation is on going he could not release any more additional information.
"I can't speculate as to how it happened," he said, adding "the baby was in perfect health otherwise."