A Somalian national living in Ireland was arrested Sept. 22 on suspicion of having performed a genital mutilation on a 2-year-old girl.
Investigators arrived at the scene on the morning of Sept. 23 to gather evidence related to the alleged crime,
which reportedly took place in a South Dublin apartment where a woman lives with her two young daughters.
“This Somalian man was taken into custody on suspicion of mutilating a child,” a source told Dublin Live.
The arrest is said to be the first made under the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act of 2012. If found guilty, the unidentified man faces a fine of over $11,000 and up to 14 years in prison.
Female genital mutilation (FGM), known also as female cutting, is a customary practice in many African countries.
The procedure is nonmedical and oftentimes leads to serious complications and health problems, including life-threatening infections.
A neighbor told Dublin Live that he did not know the family very well.