A mum who refused to have her son vaccinated has been sentenced to seven days in jail.
Rebecca Bredow refused to comply with a judge’s order to have her son vaccinated within two weeks and her ex-husband has now been awarded temporary primary custody of the boy.
Speaking to Oakland County Court, Bredow said: “I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in.”
The mum, of Detroit, Michigan, added that to immunise her son would be to go against her beliefs.
Michigan parents are legally permitted to delay or even skip a child’s vaccinations, but Bredow was hauled before court after going back on an agreement with her ex-husband in November 2016 to have their son immunised.
In sentencing, the judge said the father had a say, ruling Bredow should be jailed for seven days.
The mum had previously argued that she felt “like her rights as a parent have been taken away”.
Oakland County Court heard Rebecca was first asked to immunise her child last year, ABC News reports.
Initially, she and her ex-husband, Jason Horne, agreed the child would not have all his vaccines during a short space of time.
But after docs “grouped the immunisations together”, the mum-of-two changed her mind.