An army cook and single mother from Oakland may face criminal charges after she skipped her deployment flight to Afghanistan. The mother claimed she could not go as no one was available to care for her infant son while she was overseas.
Alexis Hutchinson said she had no choice but to go against deployment orders as her mother, who usually cared for the 10-month-old boy, was too busy with three other unwell relatives.
Her civilian attorney claimed that one of Hutchinson's superiors told her to place the boy in foster care, as she would have to deploy anyway.
The case is currently being investigated by commanders, although no charges have currently been filed. Hutchinson is currently confined to the boundaries of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.A spokesman for Hunter Army Airfield, Kevin Larson, was unsure what Hutchinson superior had told her, and he went on to say that the Army would not deploy a single parent who had nobody to care for his or her child.
He continued "If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there's no question she would not have been deployed"
Surely this should have been sorted when she approached one of her superiors with the issue? It shouldn't really have to get to the stage where she has to drag her little boy to the deployment terminal to make her point.