Ferndale mother Rebecca Bredow served five days in jail for refusing to obey a court order requiring her to vaccinate her nine-year-old son. But upon her release, she was devastated to find out that he had, in fact, received his vaccines.
In addition to discovering the news of her sons vaccinations, Bredow's ex-husband, James Horne had also gained joint custody of the young boy, reducing Bredow from primary guardian to joint custody holder as well in a ruling handed down by Oakland County Circuit Judge Karen McDonald.
Through his attorney, Horne declined to comment on the case after the hearing.
The whole situation arose when Bredow refused to have her son vaccinated, while her ex-husband disagreed. The dispute ended up in court, and in November a judge ordered Bredow to have her son vaccinated within seven days.
Bredow was found guilty of violating the agreement she signed back in November of 2016 in which she reportedly agreed to have her son vaccinated.
"It was the worst five days of my life, except for the fact that I just found out that he was vaccinated and I'm not going to get him back today," Bredow said. "It's been a rough few days to say the least."
Bredow says she had never agreed to the November court order mandating she vaccinate her son, and that the court pleadings, filed by her previous attorney, were made in error. Bredow says her opposition to vaccinations are based on religious reasons and that she has refused them since her son was born.
Upon hearing the news, Bredow issued a statement to local media at the courts.
"Today was supposed to be a review on vaccinations," she said. "I wasn't expecting to lose primary custody today of my son. I feel a bit spun around and in shock expecting him to come home today and I'm a little upset."
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