When Heather Hironimus fled with her 4-year-old son, she believed she was protecting her child from an unwanted circumcision. Now, she finds herself facing jail time on a criminal charge of violating a lawful custody order.
Custody situations can spark volatile disputes. What transpired with Hironimus, 30, and Dennis Nebus, 47, is a situation that comes with criminal consequences. Although one parent has been charged with violating a child custody order, right and wrong is not as clear as it may seem.
When Hironimus took her son without express permission from the father, she fled to domestic violence shelter in Broward County. Although this violated the parenting plan that Nebus and Hironimus agreed to in 2012, a domestic violence shelter might not be the first place that a fleeing parent would go. The matter at hand appeared to be preventing the circumcision of her child—and news of the situation started spreading through media channels.
Anti-circumcision groups, such as Intact America, have taken a vested interest in the ongoing battle. Both Nebus and Hironimus have not gone through the media frenzy unscathed. Regardless of how the media coverage unfolds, the legal situation at hand is clear: Hironimus violated a custody order, and would be facing serious legal consequences.
Mother Accepts Plea Deal & Moves
On July 16th, Hironimus entered a plea deal, and although she was not forced to plead guilty, she did admit that she was responsible for interfering with the court order. The deal requires Hironimus to undergo court-ordered obligations instead of the consequences of a felony charge.
Hironimus' lawyer, Richard Tendler, explained to media sources (including Sun Sentinel and ABC News) that she wants to move on, and is taking action accordingly. Although her May 22nd decision to approve the circumcision inflamed anti-circumcision groups, it appears to be one of many steps that Hironimus has taken to make a positive resolution out of the situation.
A hearing is set for August 20th, where Hironimus will bid for new custody terms before a civil court judge.