A mum-of-two has been sent to prison after she christened her baby against the father’s wishes.

Kendra Stocks, 36, was jailed for one-week after she took her little girl to be baptised back in 2016.

She and the baby’s dad, Paul Schaaf, had been in a lengthy custody battle that resulted in a third person being given the final decision-making authority on all legal custody decisions – including decisions concerning religion.

However, it’s been reported that Kendra ignored this and baptised her two-year-old daughter the day after the decision.

Her ex was said to have found out on Facebook after pictures were posted of the ceremony.

The judge said that Ms Stocks “has acted selfishly by depriving father of the ability to be present at an event that was extraordinarily important to him.”

As a result of the breach, Kendra was charged with contempt of court and is now spending a week locked up in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I’m scared,” Ms Stocks told The Charlotte Observer. “I’m sad about what has happened. I don’t regret having her baptized. That was in her best interest … I don’t see how this is in the best interest of the family. Her father is sending her mother to jail.”

That poor mum. Do you think this is going too far?

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  • Really not about whats best for the child with these two ….obviously its all about point scoring.


  • I agree that it should have been a joint decision but sending the mother to jail is ridiculous.


  • Christening should be a joint decision of the parents.
    For most families it is just a tradition and basically means nothing to them anyway.


  • I think jail is a bit extreme. It’s not really like the baby is going to remember if she was christened or not it won’t affect the decisions she makes later in life. I can understand that the father would be upset about not being there and things and that it was very selfish, but jail? Come on. Only in America…


  • She should of stuck by the rules.


  • Wow! What an overreaction to a child’s baptism. It’s sad when couples/parents can’t agree on what’s best for the child, but jail!! At the end of the day, this could obviously have been handled better – if the adults had behaved like adults.


  • There was a legal implication in this so there was a punishment. Personally I think the punishment was too harsh.


  • Contempt of court – it’s fair. She dd it deliberately.


  • Yer I think she shouldn’t of done it only because the law said she can’t I feel a bit sorry for her I think the father might be after revenge rather than thinking of his children sending her to jail is way over the top


  • This isn’t about religion it’s about the law. A third person was nominated by the court to make decisions for this child and the following day the mother went against this defying the court.

    The very fact that the court had to step in, in the first place speaks volumes about how this poor child’s parents have been acting during the custody battle and the mother’s actions the day after the court ruling shows how little disregard she has for the law and her child. Considering she is in a custody battle for her daughter, what a stupid, irresponsible and arrogant thing to do.

    Finally, that little girl has two parents so what right does the mother have to make solo decisions for their child in the first place?

    • Sadly – it does not look good for any parent when they go against the law.


  • This is taking bureaucracy too far. My, word, is the judge a family man? How idiotic is he, sending a mother to jail just because she didn’t invite the father to the christening????? For the dear lord’s sake, the couple were at loggerheads and the judge needs jailing himself for being such a stupid twit!!! Typical man, is all I can think of at the moment!!! Along with other unsuitable comments!!!


  • A week in jail for baptising your own child? – regardless of the court order religion should not have come into play at all – what is the rule about keeping Church and state separate? apparently not in this case.


  • The US has strict laws and breaking them has consequences. Family law is an emotional and messy area for anyone to navigate. Unfortunately if you go against a judgment there is a consequence, regardless of wrong or right in your eyes.


  • Definitely going too far. My first reaction was to look in which country this happened, doesn’t amaze me that it was the US.


  • This is going way too far.


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