Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan – Dahr Jamail

November 14th, 2009

U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas.

Hutchinson, of Oakland, California, is currently being confined at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Georgia, after being arrested. Her son was placed into a county foster care system.

Hutchinson has been threatened with a court martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan on Sunday, Nov. 15. She has been attempting to find someone to take care of her child, Kamani, while she is deployed overseas, but to no avail.

According to the family care plan of the U.S. Army, Hutchinson was allowed to fly to California and leave her son with her mother, Angelique Hughes of Oakland.

However, after a week of caring for the child, Hughes realised she was unable to care for Kamani along with her other duties of caring for a daughter with special needs, her ailing mother, and an ailing sister.

In late October, Angelique Hughes told Hutchinson and her commander that she would be unable to care for Kamani after all. The Army then gave Hutchinson an extension of time to allow her to find someone else to care for Kamani. Meanwhile, Hughes brought Kamani back to Georgia to be with his mother.

However, only a few days before Hutchinson’s original deployment date, she was told by the Army she would not get the time extension after all, and would have to deploy, despite not having found anyone to care for her child.

Faced with this choice, Hutchinson chose not to show up for her plane to Afghanistan. The military arrested her and placed her child in the county foster care system.

Currently, Hutchinson is scheduled to fly to Afghanistan on Sunday for a special court martial, where she then faces up to one year in jail.

Hutchinson’s civilian lawyer, Rai Sue Sussman, told IPS, “The core issue is that they are asking her to make an inhumane choice. She did not have a complete family care plan, meaning she did not find someone to provide long-term care for her child. She’s required to have a complete family care plan, and was told she’d have an extension, but then they changed it on her.”

Asked why she believes the military revoked Hutchinson’s extension, Sussman responded, “I think they didn’t believe her that she was unable to find someone to care for her infant. They think she’s just trying to get out of her deployment. But she’s just trying to find someone she can trust to take care of her baby.”

Hutchinson’s mother has flown to Georgia to retrieve the baby, but is overwhelmed and does not feel able to provide long-term care for the child.

According to Sussman, the soldier needs more time to find someone to care for her infant, but does not as yet have friends or family able to do so.

Sussman says Hutchinson told her, “It is outrageous that they would deploy a single mother without a complete and current family care plan. I would like to find someone I trust who can take care of my son, but I cannot force my family to do this. They are dealing with their own health issues.”

Sussman told IPS that the Army’s JAG attorney, Captain Ed Whitford, “told me they thought her chain of command thought she was trying to get out of her deployment by using her child as an excuse.” ‘

Major Gallagher, of Hutchinson’s unit, also told Sussman that he did not believe it was a real family crisis, and that Hutchinson’s “mother should have been able to take care of the baby”.

In addition, according to Sussman, a First Sergeant Gephart “told me he thought she [Hutchinson] was pulling her family care plan stuff to get out of her deployment”.

“To me it sounds completely bogus,” Sussman told IPS, “I think what they are actually going to do is have her spend her year deployment in Afghanistan, then court martial her back here upon her return. This would do irreparable harm to her child. I think they are doing this to punish her, because they think she is lying.”

Sussman explained that she believes the best possible outcome is for the Army to either give Hutchinson the extension they had said she would receive so that she can find someone to care for her infant, or barring this, to simply discharge her so she can take care of her child.

Nevertheless, Hutchinson is simply asking for the time extension to complete her family care plan, and not to be discharged.

“I’m outraged by this,” Sussman told IPS, “I’ve never gone to the media with a military client, but this situation is just completely over the top.”

Source: Information Clearing House

2 Responses to “Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan – Dahr Jamail”

  1. stonewall Says:

    A single mother should not be in the military, much less deployed…PERIOD. I understand that a government job, is being billed in these hard times as a secure job with good benefits. That the miltary authorities don’t simply discharge her, even against her wishes, it proves they can’t even get the “simple problems” right. They have become as morally and intellectually bancrupt as their treasonous, looney tune civilian massas in Washington. The U.S. military has devolved into a souless, mecenary army as cruel and without honor as the Roman Legions who were sent all over the world to secure and maintain a world order, while the country of their birth was flushed down the toilet. As a vet, I realise that their are a myriad of good, devout, compassionate warriors in service, daily fighting the good fight to stand tall for values, some in positions of some authority, but these are not the ones running the big show. Hence commanders who mindlessly follow and in turn give unlawful orders, in the name of “just doing my job sir.” Yes, need I say, like Nazis running the death camps. I’m not anti-war, merely in favor of correctly identifying the real enemy.

    Americans have always been a patriotic bunch
    and never backed down from a fight

    Time and again we’ve gone to war.
    believen our cause was right.

    Only to learn later that we were lied to so we’d sacrifice those we treasured
    so the ruling class can seize more power, their evil can’t be measure.

    Anyone who’s studied the facts knows that Pearl Harbor could have been averted
    But Roosevelt wanted us in that war, a cause we thought righteous now seems perverted

    the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a myth caused by LBJ
    nobody knew why we were in asia except the President wanted it that way

    58,000 Americans died in viet nam
    if the govt. had wanted to win that war it could have been done with a single bomb.

    While the facts prove 9-11 was a false flag, inside job
    if you say it they call you part of the crazy conspiracy mob.

    But it gave Washington what they wanted
    a 100yr “war on terror.”

    To establish a New World Order
    correct me if you think i’m in error.

    We have troops in 140 countries with 800 bases oversees
    they claim they’re there to keep you safe, but use like mercenaries

    While the EPA, DEA, ATF, IRS, FEMA and the FBI
    grow more and more outta hand

    An out of control federal govt is a greater threat than
    Alcaida or the Taliban

    You see ossama ben laden was a scapegoat, we seem to have fallen for the ploy.
    ignoring the fact that the power to tax is the power to destroy.

    We’vd the finest military in the world no doubt.
    of courage and skill they’ve no lack

    let’s bring em home to fight the terrorists in washington
    and take our government back.

    Deo Vindice

  2. David Says:

    HEARTLESS BASTARDS!!!!! I hope karma kicks all in that chain of commands asses!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

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