Brit milah inquest opens

By Robyn Rosen, September 3, 2009

An inquest will open next week into the death of a baby who stopped breathing after his circumcision.

Hornsey Coroners’ Court will hear testimony from an extensive list of witnesses who will give evidence about the death of Amitai Moshe.

The baby died on February 9 2007, eight days after his brit milah took place at Golders Green Synagogue.

He was taken by the strictly-Orthodox volunteer ambulance service, Hatzola, to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead but then transferred to University College Hospital, where he died.

A number of medical experts have been called to give evidence at the inquest, which is expected to last for a week.

The medical testimony is understood to include an expert on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death.

Anti-circumcision demonstrators, who have attended preliminary hearings with banners, are expected to campaign outside the court.

Last updated: 10:55am, September 3 2009