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

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP/CNN) — A suburban Detroit 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.

“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” Bredow said. “I feel angry. I feel backed into a corner. I feel like my rights as a parent have been taken away.”

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.

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