A 20-year-old Florida man stabbed his father in the neck over fears he would be circumcised. According to police, Alex Fultz of Miami went into his father’s bedroom armed with a knife and plunged it into his sleeping dad’s neck. Fultz, who has been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism, told police his father wanted to have him circumcised, and that he was scared of the pain.
The practice of circumcision, where the foreskin of a man’s penis is removed, is thought to be over 15,000 years old. Usually performed on males in their infancy, it is a religious rite in both Judaism and Islam, and is thought to prevent genital diseases and urinary tract infections. There is not proof, however, at this time that Fultz’ father actually did want his son to undergo the procedure.
After stabbing his father, Fultz dropped the knife and left his home. His father had to be airlifted to a hospital but is expected to survive. Fultz later approached police with his hands up, saying "Don't shoot. Don't shoot. I'm the one who stabbed my dad." Fultz told police his father didn’t want to listen to him and take him to a urologist, and instead wanted to have him circumcised, which made him angry because he was afraid it would hurt. He is currently being held without bail.