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Breastfeeding mother facing penalties for bringing child to jury duty

By Megan Telles. CREATED Oct 21, 2013

Lee's Summit, MO (KTNV) -- A Missouri mother has one more reason to hate jury duty.

She was held in contempt of court after she brought her infant to court with her. She claims her 7-month-old is nursing and she didn't have anyone to watch him.

But that excuse wasn't good enough for the judge.

Laura Trickle said she wishes the court would be a little more understanding.

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In August, Trickle was summoned to jury duty. But since she is breastfeeding, she showed up hoping the court would exempt her.

However, the court apparently said that's not a good enough excuse.

Instead, the judge gave her two options.

"I would be able to pump on breaks. Unfortunately, Axel doesn't take a bottle, so that's not an option for us. The other option was to have someone stay with me all day and then be able to nurse on breaks. But since I'm a stay-at-home mom, we don't have child care," said Trickle.

She did not serve her jury duty and now she's facing contempt and up to a $500 fine.

Missouri State Senator Rob Schaff agrees with Trickle and is working on a bill to excuse breastfeeding moms from jury duty.

Trickle has a hearing date this Thursday, where she'll make her case to try to avoid any penalties.

12 states and Puerto Rico exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty: California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Virginia.

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is co-host of Valley View Live! and the Social TV journalist for Action News.