Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

MI mom jailed for not vaccinating son loses primary custody

MI mom jailed for not vaccinating son loses primary custody

"I was trying to protect my kids", Rebecca Bredow told ABC News Friday in her first interview since her release from jail.

Rebecca Bredow was last week sentenced for contempt of court almost a year after an Oakland County judge ordered her to have her nine-year-old son vaccinated.

A Friend of the Court referee, after reviewing the custody battle case, recommended that both parents, Bredow and Horne, get joint custody of their son.

The specific reason that Bredow was in contempt of court is that she had consented to have her son vaccinated in court pleadings late past year, although Vitale says that those pleadings were filed "in error", according to USA Today.

Horne wanted his son vaccinated and Bredow agreed to do so last November but didn't follow through.

The ex-husband was granted temporary custody while Barlow was incarcerated. "I just found out that he was vaccinated and I'm not going to get him back today", she told the Washington Post.

"It's been a rough few days to say the least", she added.

Since the court initially ordered the immunization in 2016, Bredow has cited religious objections, reports the Detroit Free Press. He said of his client, "She's devastated" but does not regret her decision to not vaccinate. Her attorney plans to appeal. "I just stood up for what I believe in, which I believe everybody should, right?" say Bredow.

Judge Karen McDonald interrupted her plea in court saying that Bredow wasn't telling the entire truth. In the intervening time, Bredow had physical custody, while Horne took charge of the boy on alternate weekends. "But what I don't think you understand is that your son has two parents, and dad gets a say", she said. "Even if you agree to them, which you did".

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