Mother in vaccination fight loses primary custody of son

Rebecca Bredow

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

A United States mum jailed for defying a court order to vaccinate her young son says she's outraged he's been given several immunisations while she's been locked away.

Detroit news station 7 Action News reported Rebecca Bredow would not comply with court orders to get her son vaccinated, after agreeing previous year that she would. She immediately appealed that decision and the court found her appeal without merit.

When asked if the experience of going to jail was worth it in the end, especially given the outcome, the mother-of-two said she still stands by her anti-vaxx stance.

Bredow was sentenced to seven days in jail for not following a court's consent order to vaccinate her son.

Rebecca Bredow, 40, objects to vaccinations on religious grounds - which is allowed by most USA states - but last year signed a legal agreement with her ex-husband to get their nine-year-old son up to date with his immunisations, reports CBS.

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Oakland County Judge Karen McDonald ruled Wednesday that Rebecca Bredow will no longer have primary custody of the boy but will have joint custody with her ex-husband, James Horne.

"I understand you love your children". She thought she would be reunited with her son, but he remained with his father.

7 Action News said Bredow and her ex-husband had agreed to vaccinate the child, but her views had since changed.

"She's devastated", Bredow's attorney, Steven Vitale, said.

The judge went on to list a series of things Bredow did without the dad's consent, saying "it's clear to me that you don't care about orders. I feel like my rights as a parent have been taken away", she added.

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