MI mom who refused to vaccinate child gets 7 days in jail

MI mom who refused to vaccinate child gets 7 days in jail

A suburban Detroit woman was handcuffed Wednesday and sent to a jail for seven days for failing to follow an agreement to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.

"This request has gone up against its very own existence, your respect, and it is my blame I have not stood up sooner and disclosed to the court that I'm an informed, immunization decision mother", she said.

She claimed that immunising her son would "go against my beliefs", adding: 'I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don't believe in'.

Bredow's ex-husband wants their son vaccinated, but she is the primary caregiver for their son.

McDonald placed the boy in temporary custody of his dad. "If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn't bring myself to do it".

A MI mother's anti-vaccination stance put her behind bars on Wednesday.




Under Michigan law, parents are legally allowed to not get their kids vaccinated if it conflicts with their personal beliefs.

And while Bredow had been forthright about refusing to vaccinate her son, she and her ex-husband had previously agreed in November 2016 to inoculate the child, with the injections being spaced out over time.

According to WXYZ, the judge told Bredow that her son would be vaccinated regardless and that Bredow could go to jail for contempt or not - it was her choice.

Child immunisation rates in MI are among the worst in the nation, ranking 43rd among the 50 U.S. states, according to Mlive.

Oakland County Court Judge Karen McDonald said that, even though Bredow was the primary carer, "Dad gets a say". If she did not comply with the order, she would be thrown in jail.

For that reason, many anti-vaccine parents choose to home-school their children, Mrs Fisher told the BBC.

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