Single mom refuses deployment to care for baby
This is the ultimate working mother issue. A single mother says she was told by her superiors that if she couldn't find a relative or someone trustworthy to care for her 10 month old son, she'd have to put him in foster care while she served in Afghanistan.
According to this story, Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, who was arrested by military police Nov. 6, claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders when her mother was unable to care for her 10-month-old son, Kamani.
No charges have been filed, but Kevin Larson, a spokesman for the Army post, says commanders are investigating, the Associated Press says. Larson says he does not know what Hutchinson's commanders may have said, but that the Army would not deploy a single parent who had nobody to care for a child.
And I thought checking out day cares and nannies was tough! I really can't imagine how hard military life can be for mothers, especially single ones, in search of someone they can leave their children with for months at a time.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne