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Mom Gets One Week In Jail For Contempt Of Court For Baptizing Her Daughter

A mom from North Carolina is serving a one week sentence in the county jail, simply because she chose to have her daughter baptized.

Kendra Stocks, of Charlotte, NC, was sentenced to seven days in jail last Friday after being determined to be in contempt of court.

The 36-year-old Stocks had her then-two-year-old daughter baptized back in August of 2016 despite a judge’s order to not do so. Stocks is involved in a unfriendly custody battle with the father, Paul Schaaf, according to local North Carolina media sources.

It appears that the christening happened exactly one day after a local judge in Mecklinerg  gave full custody to the father Schaaf — “specifically including decisions concerning religion”.

It seems that court documents indicate that both parents are practicing Catholics, and that both desired the child to be baptized and raised in the church. However, the couple had serious disagreements on spiritual matters such as delaying the girl’s baptism, based on the local newspaper article.

Also note that Schaaf was not informed about the child’s baptism — and only found out about it when Stocks put up photos on Facebook. Shaaf then notified his attorney, who contacted the court about the matter.

A few months later in march 2017, District Court Judge Sean Smith found Stocks guilty of contempt, and commented that the mother had acted in “bad faith disregard” when she did not inform Schaaf of the baptism or allow him to participate in the ceremony in any capacity.

Stocks attorneys appealed the jail sentence, but the ruling was upheld earlier this week, but the original sentence of 10 days was reduced to seven days.

“I’m scared,” Stocks explained in an interview with a local newspaper after her appeal was denied. “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.”

Jonathan Feit, Schaaf’s attorney, however, made it very clear that the jailed mom was being punished for ignoring the judge’s order, not baptizing the child per se.

“For our system to work, there ought to be consequences for willfully and intentionally violating a court order,” Feit noted. “I teach my children that. I reject the notion that anybody else is responsible for what is happening besides Ms. Stocks herself.”

Of note, the daughter involved in the controversial baptism was conceived during their six-month relationship that ended around February of 2014, based on media sources.

“Her father and I both agreed on baptizing her,” Stocks told a local TV station before she entered the county jail to serve her sentence. “I regret that he wasn’t part of it, but I don’t regret we’re raising her in the Catholic faith, which is what we both wanted.”

“I’ll get through it and hopefully come out a better person,” she continued before she turned and entered the building to be processed.

Source: Fox News, NY Post
Photo: YouTube

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