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A 5-month-old baby boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home in Scandiano in Reggio Emilia.

The ANSA news agency reported that he was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter in cardiac arrest and died a few hours after.

Authorities have now opened a manslaughter investigation into the death of the infant.

In some Italian hospitals, doctors refuse to perform circumcisions until the boys have reached the age of 4 or even older and is done for cultural and religious reasons mainly amongst the immigrant community, and for some, the hospital costs are too high.