Rebecca Firlit was not given shared custody of her 11-year-old son by a Chicago judge, who reportedly turned her down after asking if she had been jabbed.
“I miss my son more than anything. It’s been very difficult. I haven’t seen him since August 10th,” Firlit told FOX 32 News.
She says she’s not anti-vax but has had severe reactions to vaccines in the past.
Firlit said that she had appeared before Chicago’s Daley Center court via Zoom along with her former husband for a child support hearing.
The two share custody and parenting time for the child having divorced seven years ago.
But Firlit said that suddenly Cook County Judge James Shapiro asked if she had been vaccinated.
She reportedly responded that she hadn’t due to bad reactions to jabs in the past, but the judge refused to give her any more parenting time until she has the vaccine.
“I think that it’s wrong. I think that it’s dividing families. And I think it’s not in my son’s best interest to be away from his mother,” Firlit reportedly said.
She has been able to talk to him by phone but not in person.
An appeal has now been made by Firlit who said that the judge had no right to make the decision based on her not having a vaccine and her lawyer also said that he has gone beyond his authority.
“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,” said Firlit’s lawyer Annette Fernholz.
“You have to understand the father did not even bring this issue before the court. So it’s the judge on his own and making this decision that you can’t see your child until you’re vaccinated.”
The father’s lawyer Jeffrey Leving said that while his client was surprised by the decision of the court they are backing it.
“There are children who have died because of Covid. I think every child should be safe. And I agree that the mother should be vaccinated,” Leving said.
He added that the judge’s decision could make new precedent over vaccines in other custody cases.
A spokesperson for Chief Judge Tim Evans and Judge Shapiro reportedly said they couldn’t comment because of the ongoing nature of the case.