Laura Trickle facing contempt of court charges for bringing breastfeeding son to jury duty
Updated: October 23, 2013 - 11:46 am
(WJLA) - Missouri mother Laura Trickle has a little boy – and a big problem.
"It's been incredibly stressful," she says. "I'd like to have a little bit more understanding from the court."
She was summoned to jury duty back in August, but asked to be exempted because she needed to breastfeed her then five-month-old son Alex.
The judge disagreed, noting that there is a room where nursing moms can pump.
"As far as pumping, Axel doesn't take a bottle," she explains. "So that wouldn't work for us."
So the judge suggested bringing a caregiver to court to watch Axel between feedings – but Trickle said she couldn’t afford that:
"I'm a stay-at-home mom, so we don't have full-time childcare."
And when Trickle showed up for jury duty with her baby, the judge issued a court order, saying she “willfully and contemptuously appeared for jury service with her child.”
Courthouse officials aren’t talking, but a Missouri state senator is now working on a bill to excuse breastfeeding mothers from jury duty.
Meanwhile, Trickle has a hearing on Thursday and faces up to a $500 fine.
As she puts it: “That’s a lot of diapers.”