Mom facing jail over refusal to vaccinate son


Rebecca Bredow says she would rather go to jail than get her son vaccinated - and that's exactly what's going to happen if she doesn't comply with the court order by next week. There is already an order from the same judge done.

"I believe in the choice of the parent to make the right decision based on their knowledge of vaccines", she told 7 Action News. She said issues arose when doctors wanted to administer multiple shots in a short period of time. "I would have to take care of him", she said.

The mum-of-two says when their baby boy was born, they chose to space out the injections and even delay some of their son's vaccinations. But the time has passed, and the vaccines that nearly all scientists believe every person should get in their childhood, have accumulated.

"I feel angry. I feel backed into a corner", she said.

Court documents show that the child's father wants their son vaccinated. So why automatically side with the father that wants the vaccines, ' Bredow told WXYZ. "What about my choice as a mother?" she said.

The mother, who has only shared her part through the WXYZ-TV's report and not on court yet, thinks that her words have a tremendous weight because of the role every mother represents.

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Bredow also said she is the primary caregiver for their son.

Bredow and her ex-husband, James Horne, separated in 2008 and have joint legal custody, according to ABC-TV.

The court will determine how much time the mother will spend behind bars if she misses the deadline.

Rebecca Bredow has been ordered by an Oakland County judge to complete her nine-year-old son's vaccinations before October 11 or spend time in prison.

After reading up on vaccinations, Bredow said she decided the best option would be a waiver, which in the state of MI allows parents to opt out of getting their kids certain vaccinations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to get their children vaccinated, emphasizing the importance and safety of vaccines on overall health.