U.S. Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan
According to the family care plan of the U.S. Army, Hutchinson was allowed to fly to California and leave her son with her mother, Angelique Hughes of
However, after a week of caring for the child, Hughes realised she was unable to care for Kamani along with her other duties of caring for a daughter
with special needs, her ailing mother, and an ailing sister.
In late October, Angelique Hughes told Hutchinson and her commander that she would be unable to care for Kamani after all. The Army then gave
Hutchinson an extension of time to allow her to find someone else to care for Kamani. Meanwhile, Hughes brought Kamani back to Georgia to be with his
However, only a few days before Hutchinson's original deployment date, she was told by the Army she would not get the time extension after all, and
would have to deploy, despite not having found anyone to care for her child.
Faced with this choice, Hutchinson chose not to show up for her plane to Afghanistan. The military arrested her and placed her child in the county
foster care system.
Currently, Hutchinson is scheduled to fly to Afghanistan on Sunday for a special court martial, where she then faces up to one year in jail.
Hutchinson's civilian lawyer, Rai Sue Sussman, told IPS, "The core issue is that they are asking her to make an inhumane choice. She did not have a
complete family care plan, meaning she did not find someone to provide long-term care for her child. She's required to have a complete family care
plan, and was told she'd have an extension, but then they changed it on her."
Asked why she believes the military revoked Hutchinson's extension, Sussman responded, "I think they didn't believe her that she was unable to find
someone to care for her infant. They think she's just trying to get out of her deployment. But she's just trying to find someone she can trust to
take care of her baby."