‘Worst 5 days of my life’
Jailed vaccine-blocker furious son immunized
A Michigan mother said she’s had a “rough few days” after serving nearly a week in jail for defying a court order to have her nine-year-old son vaccinated and then learning that he received several immunizations after she was locked up behind bars.
Rebecca Bredow, from the Detroit area, was sentenced last week for contempt of court nearly a year after an Oakland County judge ordered her to have her son vaccinated.
“It was the worst five days of my life pretty much,” the 40-year-old mother told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday about her time in jail, “except for the fact that I just found out that he was vaccinated and I’m not going to get him back today.
“It’s been a rough few days to say the least,” she said.
Bredow’s ex-husband, James Horne, who shares joint custody of their son, wanted the boy to be vaccinated, but Bredow had refused to do it on religious grounds.
“I can’t give in against my own religious belief,” she told The Washington Post last month, adding she is not against vaccination. “This is about choice. This is about having my choices as a mother to be able to make medical choices for my child.”
Oakland County Circuit Judge Karen McDonald told Bredow last week that she is not the only parent who deserves a say in their son’s care.
The judge granted Horne temporary custody of their son and ordered him to be vaccinated — and then sentenced Bredow on Oct. 4 to serve seven days in county jail.
BREDOW “Rough few days”