Mom Flung in Jail for Not Letting Kid See Imprisoned Dad

I’ve been to prison a number of times to conduct interviews behind bars. It has always been a big deal. That’s partly because I had to list every single thing that I brought into the prison. But it’s also because of the very fact that I was going into an institution to visit – in all three cases – someone convicted of murder.

In each instance the buildings were grey and impersonal – cold with the hollow sounds of doors slamming, keys jangling and guards everywhere. It was intimidating going into that environment as a grown woman. I can only imagine what it must be like to do so as a child.

And yet millions of little ones up and down this country do have to see one of their parents in facilities like that. If they’re lucky they can touch them but sometimes a glass screen separates them and they can only communicate via a handset. I don’t blame the parent or relative on the outside for not wanting to put a child through that ordeal. But an Indiana judge does and he has just left a 7-year-old girl temporarily without both parents by flinging one in jail for not taking her to visit the other.

Mom imprisoned for not taking her daughter to visit her father behind bars
Credit: Screenshot / WTHR

Why did this mom stop taking her daughter to visit her dad behind bars?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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