Cruel Judge Warns He'll Take Mom's Baby & Hold Her In Contempt For Breastfeeding

Cruel Judge Warns He’ll Take Mom’s Baby & Hold Her In Contempt For Breastfeeding

Cruel Judge Warns He’ll Take Mom’s Baby & Hold Her In Contempt For Breastfeeding

    A North Carolina Mother has been speaking out about her horrific ordeal when attending traffic court, where a judge threatened to take away her baby and put her in contempt of court for breastfeeding in court, despite it being how her baby ‘survives’.

    (Source: WRAL)

    Danielle Bell was breastfeeding her 3 month old baby, Penelope, in Johnston County court while waiting to see the judge about a traffic offence when she was approached by a courtroom deputy who asked her to leave. The reason the deputy gave for removing her was that there were no kids under 12 allowed in the courtroom.

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    It’s perfectly understandable that they have rules, but you’d think that they could maybe understand a mother having to feed her baby as a little more pressing an issue!

    Furthermore, state and federal law permits women to breastfeed in public facilities, and Bell says that her baby was covered by a sling as well so she wasn’t exposing herself. Regardless though, a mother should surely be able to feed her child when the child is freakin’ hungry!

    (Source: WRAL)

    Bell says that the deputy would not shift on the matter and so she had to leave. Talking about her experience to WRAL, Bell said that she felt “discriminated against,” and explained that “[t]his is the way she survives – by breastfeeding – because she refuses a bottle.”

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    Thankfully her husband was waiting for her outside, so Bell was able to leave Penelope with him while she went in to see District Court Judge Resson Faircloth. However, the judge reiterated the scolding and insisted that she was not to bring the baby back again! The judge seemingly has no consideration for mother’s who are unable to afford child care or find a babysitter.

    (Source: WRAL)

    Bell said that she told the Judge, “If [I] leave her home, she’s unable to eat.” While this may seem like a perfectly adequate reason to have her baby with her to normal people, Judge Faircloth wasn’t so fair about it.