CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina mom reported to jail this week for having her daughter baptized, WSOC reported.
The baptism happened in August 2016 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte when the girl was 2 years old, the Charlotte Observer reported. Kendra Stocks, 36, of Charlotte, was found to have violated a judge’s order in a custody battle between her and the girl’s father, Paul Schaaf.
Stocks was sentenced to seven days in jail after a judge found her in contempt of court. On Friday, she began serving her sentence, WSOC reported.
“It’s just very sad. It’s all a very sad situation,” she told WSOC. “I’ll get through it and hopefully come out a better person.”
Court records said Schaaf was a practicing Catholic who attends Mass every week, and that the court had given him final say in all legal custody decisions, including decisions concerning religion, WSOC reported.
The day after the ruling, Stocks baptized her daughter. He then found out about the baptism on Facebook, according to WSOC.
Schaff’s attorney, Jonathan Feit, told the Observer that Stocks is being punished, not for baptizing the girl, but for ignoring a judge.
“For our system to work, there ought to be consequences for willfully and intentionally violating a court order,” Feit told the Observer. “I teach my children that. I reject the notion that anybody else is responsible for what is happening besides Ms. Stocks herself.”
District Court Judge Sean Smith’s contempt order says Stocks demonstrated “very erratic, bizarre conduct” during her relationship with Schaaf and after the birth of her daughter, “including poor decision-making and an inability to cooperate.”
The daughter was the product of a six-month relationship, according to the Observer.
Stocks arrived at jail with a couple of friends and her mother, WSOC reported.
“Her father and I both agreed on baptizing her,” Stocks told WSOC. “I regret that he wasn’t part of it, but I don’t regret we’re raising her in the Catholic faith, which is what we both wanted.”