Parental rights restored for husband of doctor at center of female genital mutilation cases

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 20:11:03-04

The husband of the doctor accused of mutilating the genitals of two 7-year old Minnesota girls, can return home to his children.

Dr. Jumana Nargarwala's husband was ordered out of the home and only allowed to visit his two children under supervision.

In a court hearing Tuesday, Wayne County Juvenile Court judge Frank S. Szymanski ruled that the father may return to the home. The children still remain under the supervision of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the custody of the grandparents. A social worker visits the children 1-2 times a week.

The father must still obey restrictions, including getting approval before allowing any medical procedures on the children, not crossing state or national boundaries without prior approval, and not allow any female genital mutilation procedures to be performed in the home.  The children will continue counseling and both theirs and their father's passport's have been surrendered during the court proceedings in the case.

"I will allow him to have unsupervised visitation which means if he has to drive the children to something, he can do that," said judge Szymanski who says the ruling allows the court "the maximum opportunity to do what’s necessary to protect the children."

A trial to determine whether the parents will permanently lose custody of the two children won't happen until after Dr. Nargawala's criminal trial in federal court. That trial is expected sometime in October.