MI mom jailed for not vaccinating son loses primary custody

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

Michigan mom jailed for not vaccinating son loses primary custody

A MI mother has lost primary custody of her child after she was jailed for five days for not following through on an agreement to vaccinate her 9-year-old son.

For the past year, Bredow has fought her ex-husband in court over the vaccinations, claiming that they go against her religious beliefs.

"It was the worst five days of my life, except for the fact that I just found out that he was vaccinated and I'm not going to get him back today", Bredow said.

The judge also said Bredow has a history of making child-rearing decisions without consent from her ex-husband and awarded temporary primary custody to Horne, while ordering him to have the boy properly vaccinated. "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". A small group of supporters gathered outside the courthouse, waving signs reading "freedom is not force" and comparing the fight against vaccines to the pro-choice movement. She said to The Washington Post, "I can't give in against my own religious belief". "I was trying to stand up for what I believed in, and it was worth it for me".

Rebecca Bredow lost primary custody of the boy Wednesday.

Rebecca Bredow, the MI anti-vax mother who was jailed because she refused to let her son receive vaccinations, was not happy to learn that her son received four immunizations this week. "But what I don't think you understand is that your son has two parents, and dad gets a say", she said.

Bredow said she has received an "overwhelming amount of support" from her community. Her attorney plans to appeal. She said she will do that.

"It's clear to me that you don't care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did".

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