MI mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son


- A judge has ordered a MI mom to spend seven days in jail for not vaccinating her son.

Bredow told Oakland County Judge Karen McDonald that she takes "full responsibility" for her actions, and that vaccinations go against her beliefs.

Bredow, from the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, said in court on Wednesday: "I am an educated vaccine-choice mother". Bredow's case first made headlines last week after her ex-husband took her to court over her refusal to vaccinate their son, despite agreeing to do so in November 2016, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

If a parent does not comply with a school's vaccination guidelines, the child is not permitted to attend school and the parent can be jailed for the pupil's truancy.

Last month, she said that she and her son's father agreed to space out and delay getting their son vaccinated.

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She argued in court that to immunise her son "goes against my beliefs".

Rebecca Bredow is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to find out if she will be behind bars for standing by her decision to not get childhood shots for her son. "You recognize in your own pleadings your youngster, at a year old, was cutting-edge on the greater part of his inoculations", the judge said.

McDonald placed the boy in temporary custody of his dad. And the record, I urge you to review it and what you just said, that he has a newfound objection is not true. "It's clear to me that you don't care about orders even if you agree to them, which you did", the judge said. "You agreed on November 30th, you agreed to sign that order", the judge added.

Accordingly, Bedrow was condemned to serve seven days in prison.

Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, told the BBC this is not the first time a parent has been jailed for refusing to vaccinate a child.