Mother’s custody of son revoked until she’s vaccinated, judge rules
Cook County, Illinois Judge James Shapiro reportedly revoked a mother’s custody of her son because she hasn’t received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Shapiro asked Rebecca Firlit if she’d received a COVID-19 vaccination, and she said that she hadn’t because of adverse reactions to previous vaccines. Shapiro then ruled that Firlit couldn’t see her 11-year-old son until she’d been inoculated.
The judge awarded custody to Firlit’s fully-vaccinated ex-husband.
“I was confused because it was just supposed to be about expenses and child support,” Firlit said. “I asked him what it had to do with the hearing, and he said, ‘I am the judge, and I make the decisions for your case.'”
“In this case, you have a judge, without any matter before him regarding the parenting time with the child deciding ‘Oh, you’re not vaccinated. You don’t get to see your child until you are vaccinated.’ That kind of exceeds his jurisdiction,” Firlit’s attorney, Annette Fernholz, said.