Just when you thought (anti) “family court” could not possibly get more bizarre, along comes this story:
Mom Jailed for Baptizing Daughter without Father’s Permission
Judge Claims Mom Acted in “Bad-Faith Disregard”
“I’m scared…I don’t see how [jailing me] is in the best interest of the family.”
– Kendra Stocks
A North Carolina judge threw a mother in jail for seven days for having her daughter baptized without the father’s presence and consent.
Kendra Stocks of Charlotte, N.C., will report to jail Friday to begin her seven-day sentence after District Court Judge Sean Smith ruled in March 2017 that she acted in “bad-faith disregard” and was therefore in contempt of court for having her daughter baptized without consulting Paul Schaaf, the child’s father, according to Fox8. Stocks’ sentence is based on a previous custody battle between her and Schaaf, to whom the court gave final authority on all legal decisions regarding the child, including decisions about religion, according to WSOC.
… “I’m scared,” Stocks told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m sad about what has happened. I don’t regret having her baptized. That was in her best interest … I don’t see how this is in the best interest of the family. Her father is sending her mother to jail.”
Mom Thrown In Jail For Baptizing Her Daughter
COALITION NOTE: It’s no surprise that a family court judge took power away from this mother, the children’s primary bond, and gave “final authority on all legal decisions” to the father. That’s what Family Courts are designed to do. It is also no surprise that the judge used the harshest form of punishment—incarceration—to punish, disempower, and oppress a mother when she did what she thought she should have the right to do.
There are many women sitting in jail and prison as we speak, thanks to family court judges punishing women who dare challenge male authority in the family.
It’s time to take judges’ power over our children and us away from them! Join @The Women’s Coalition to fight for a fair system. www.WomensCoalitionInternational.org
[Pictured: Kendra and children (left); Judge Sean Smith (right)]