February 20, 2018

Mother who ignored deal to vaccinate son loses primary custody

14 October 2017, 12:41 | Erma Lawrence

Jailed mom 'devastated' to learn son was vaccinated

Rebecca Bredow was handcuffed and booked into jail for a week after refusing to take her nine-year-old son to be vaccinated despite agreeing to do so in a custody battle with her son's father

"It's been a rough few days to say the least", she added. Oakland County Jail gives a one-day credit to inmates who successfully serve five days so she was able to be released at midnight on October 9.

Bredow was found in contempt of court after she agreed to get the boy his shots in October 2016 but never followed through.

For the a year ago, Bredow has fought her ex-husband in court over the vaccinations, claiming that they go against her religious beliefs. Horne was given temporary custody of the boy with an order for him to be vaccinated. She said to The Washington Post, "I can't give in against my own religious belief".

"I absolutely stand by my choices because I stand up for what I believe in", she told reporters, before being cut off by a man who appeared to be her lawyer.

"You have seven days to get your child vaccinated", McDonald said on September 27. He told the Detroit Free Press that Bredow had been the primary custodian but the judge approved a recommendation for an evenly split custody on Wednesday. "It is a case about Ms. Bredow refusing to comport with any number of the court's orders and actively seeking to frustrate Mr. Horne's joint legal custody rights".

"I have been the primary caregiver of my child since he was born".

The recommendation will go into effect starting this weekend, but she has 21 days to appeal the Friend of the Court's decision. There is no civil or criminal penalty for refusing to vaccinate your child in the US, and every state allows parents to opt out for medical reasons, while some states permit parents to decline vaccinations due to philosophical or religious reasons.

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