Mom says she can't be on a jury because she breastfeeds

October 21, 2013 2:51:12 PM PDT
A legal battle has broken out in Missouri over motherhood and jury duty.

Laura Trickle told a judge that she could not leave her 7-month-old son, Axel, behind to serve on his jury because she breastfeeds. She brought her son to jury selection, hoping to make her case.

But the act angered the judge, who charged her with contempt of court, and issued a $500 fine.

"Unfortunately Axel doesn't take a bottle, so that's not an option for us," Trickle said. "The other option was to have someone stay with me all day and then be able to nurse on breaks. But since I'm a stay-at-home mom, we don't have child care."

A hearing over the charge has been scheduled for Thursday.

The judge has not commented on the case.

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