Metro Detroit Mom Sentenced To 7 Days In Jail For Not Vaccinating Her Child

WXYZPublished: October 4, 201719 views
Published: October 4, 2017

A metro Detroit mother was sentenced to seven days in jail for refusing to vaccinate her son will appear in court on Wednesday morning. Rebecca Bredow had a hearing in Pontiac Wednesday to decide if she will go to jail for refusing to vaccinate her son.

Bredow's ex-husband wants their son vaccinated, but she is the primary caregiver for their son. Now, he will take the child to get vaccinated while she goes to jail.

"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 said. The mother of two had one week to get her son vaccinated, and refused to comply with court orders and agreements dating back to November 2016 saying she would vaccinate the boy.

Bredow believes in parents having the choice to make the right decision for their children based on the parent's knowledge of vaccines and the child. She tells 7 Action News that she and dad made the decision to space out and delay some their little ones vaccines.

Judge Karen McDonald interrupted her plea in court saying that Bredow wasn't telling the entire truth. "I understand you love your children, but what I don't think you understand is your son has two parents, and dad gets a say," McDonald said.

The judge went on to list a series of things Bredow did without the dad's consent, saying that it is clear to the court that she doesn’t care about court orders, even if she does agree to them.

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