Rebecca Bredow, of the Detroit area, ignored a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son so a judge sent her to jail for contempt of court.
Bredow said that she could not bring herself to order the shots, while her attorney Vitale said that the pleadings McDonald referred to were filed in error by a previous attorney and that Bredow had never meant to consent to the vaccinations.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Karen McDonald disagreed with Bredow, stating that she wasn't the only parent with a say in her son's care.
The specific reason that Bredow was in contempt of court is that she had consented to have her son vaccinated in court pleadings late previous year, although Vitale says that those pleadings were filed "in error", according to USA Today. He had custody of the child and got him vaccinated while Rebecca Bredow was in jail.
Summary: A MI mother was sentenced to jail for defying a judge's order to immunize her son and during the week she spend locked up her son received his immunizations.
"Never in a million years did I ever think that I would end up in jail standing up to try to protect my kids, and standing up for my beliefs", Bredow told ABC. "It's been a rough few days to say the least".
Bredow said it was "against her beliefs" to vaccinate her children.
Since the court initially ordered the immunization in 2016, Bredow has cited religious objections, reports the Detroit Free Press. "I was trying to stand up for what I believed in, and it was worth it for me". "It's helped me get through this, truly", she added. In the intervening time, Bredow had physical custody, while Horne took charge of the boy on alternate weekends.
Bredow denied the claims of her ex-husband's attorney.
The state of MI allows parents to opt out of certain vaccines for non-medical reasons.