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Metro Detroit mom jailed for not vaccinating 9-year-old son

Oakland County woman has been ordered to jail for seven days

PONTIAC, Mich. – An Oakland County woman has been ordered to jail for seven days for failing to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.

An Oakland County judge told Rebecca Bredow on Wednesday that she violated an agreement to have the procedure done. Her ex-husband wanted their son vaccinated, but Bredow is the primary caregiver.

Judge Karen McDonald says the boy has two parents and, "Dad gets a say."

Bredow, a Ferndale resident, told the judge that she takes "full responsibility" for her actions. She says vaccinations go against her beliefs and she should have raised her objections sooner.

In response, McDonald reminded Bredow that she agreed to the immunizations. Bredow signed an agreement last November to get her son vaccinated.

"I understand you love your children, but what I don't think you understand is that your son has two parents," McDonald said.

The boy's father, James Horne, said he has every intention of getting the child inoculated and up to date.

Bredow will spend seven days in jail for contemp in court for not getting her son vaccinated. She was led from the courtroom in handcuffs to begin her jail time.

Paula Tutman was at the sentencing. You can get a closer look at the passionate views on both sides in the video posted below.


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