Single mom refuses deployment to care for infant son
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.
Her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, alleges that one of Hutchinson's superiors at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., told her she would have to deploy anyway and place the child in foster care.
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.
Savannah's WTOC -TV reports that Larson calls some of the statements from the Hutchinson camp "misleading" and says that the Army gave her an additional 30 days to work out a plan when her initial child care arrangements fell through.
At the time of Hutchinson's arrest, Kamani, was placed into custody overnight with a daycare provider on the post, Larson says.
Watch WTOC's report by clicking here.