Mom Kidnaps Toddler to Keep Her From Getting Vaccinated (VIDEO)

Lilly wanted fugitive megan everettA 22-year-old mother named Megan Everett is wanted on federal charges after allegedly kidnapping her 2-year-old daughter Lilly. Everett and Lilly’s father, Robert Baumann, shared custody of the little girl until May 6 when Baumann dropped Lilly off in compliance with their recently decided custody agreement. The toddler was supposed to be returned to Baumann a week later, but Everett never showed up. Instead, she wrote a note, stating, "If I let them take her and vaccinate her and brainwash her, I wouldn’t be doing what’s right. I cannot let a judge tell me how my daughter should be raised.” Baumann had reportedly planned to have his daughter receive vaccinations the next time he had custody and also planned to enroll her in preschool, which Everett was against.

As unusual as this particular situation may sound, you've got to admit: It shouldn't be a court's place to override how a mother wants to raise her child.

In general, a mother should be able to decide whether or not her child is vaccinated. Of course there are steps she may want to take, research, recommendations to take into consideration while coming to her conclusion, but when she knows where she stands, the ball should typically remain in mom's court.

After all, should the law really be allowed to intervene and disregard the mother's decision? It just seems like a slippery slope to say it's okay to strip decision-making from a mother with custody rights. Especially when it comes to something as sensitive as vaccination, about which she may have reservations related to her child's wellness or religion.

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As far as Everett's particular situation is concerned, she currently faces state kidnapping charges and a federal count of flight to avoid persecution. Lilly's father says he just wants her to come home safe. Hopefully, the two find common ground that doesn't require involvement of the state -- but does allow a mother's involvement in raising her child.

How would you feel about a judge telling you how to raise your child? Can you sympathize (at least on that level) with this mom?

 

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Einyn Einyn

Her mothers rights are no more important than his fathers rights

nonmember avatar Carl

Maybe the Dad wanted to vaccinate, and since they share custody the legal system needed to be involved.

PRIMA487 PRIMA487

The father also doesn't want their daughter to be a raciest. The blogger needs to delve deeper with the story. Even the womans own mother doesn't think she should have the little one. Maressa, maybe a little less bias and more of the whole story.

sassy... sassykat122

I just love how this website's bloggers seem so quick to say it's the mother who gets any and all say. Heads up ladies, involved dads are JUST as important, get off it

luvmy... luvmybubs

Dads have rights too and the court would have to pick a side one way or the other. If you don't want the court to tell you how to parent, keep yourself out of the system. It's fairly easy you just act like an adult and work shit out for your kids. How is the moms boyfriend a racist with a name like Carlos? I hope he's not a confused Spanish person.

nonmember avatar Stephanie

Hey. This story is about my niece and my sister. You can get all the information that the media is leaving out or misreporting here: www.facebook.com/groups/BringLillyHome feel free to ask any of us on the page any questions, and please share the story. Thank you!

TheSi... TheSilence

So a mother gets to control all decision making? No that child is just as much the fathers as the mothers.

I honestly hope she loses all custody for taking her like this, what a psycho.

CaraB... CaraBear31

Stupid anti-vax people. That Father should have JUST as many rights!!

NinaB... NinaB131415

It really doesn't matter what she wants anymore, she's going to jail.

nonmember avatar Emy

Ridiculous. Mom doesn't want kiddo vaccinated or educated, so she kidnaps her. Awesome parenting! Rest assured crazy mom, when you are in jail, decent dad will raise girl child like a human being. No sympathy, no empathy, mom is nuts and kiddo is better off with dad.

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