Mom ends up in jail after son’s baptism

Last December, a 12-year-old boy was baptized in a Karns Baptist church.

Four months later, his mother went to jail as a result.

“I was in complete shock,” Stephanie “Stacy” Miller recalled of the day in April when Knox County Fourth Circuit Court Judge Bill Swann ordered her jailed. “The guy had to drag me down the hallway. I was like, ‘I just had my son baptized.’ I laid my head (on the arresting deputy’s) shoulder and just cried, ‘Please, help me.'”

Swann’s controversial decision is raising questions about the use of the state’s criminal contempt law to punish parents in divorce disputes, the inclusion of religion in parenting plan agreements, the influence of parents on a child’s religious choices and the age at which a child should be allowed to make decisions of faith.

ADDED: Seriously, Tennessee… its laws like this, the new DUI law and the “gateway sexual activity law”, that make us the laughing stock of the entire country…


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