Getting the call for jury duty can inconvenience just about anyone. Imagine, though, being a new mom and unable to leave the baby.
That was the case for a Missouri woman whose stand is landing her a court date of her own.
Laura Trickle is fighting a charge of contempt of court after she couldn't leave her son behind to serve on the jury.
Trickle told KCTV that she has no experience with legal issues because she's never had a ticket of any kind.
Trickle told the courts that her 7-month-old son, Axel Graham, has to be with her to eat. However, that didn't get her off the hook, so she appeared for jury selection, with her baby, hoping the judge would grant an exemption.
She was given two options instead. She would have to pump during breaks or have someone stay with her every day, so she could feed Axel during breaks.
Her son does not take a bottle yet, so option one was no longer viable. There was also no one available to stay with her while she was on jury duty.
Now, Trickle is facing contempt and up to a $500 fine.
An Oklahoma senator is working on a bill to excuse breastfeeding mothers from jury duty. That is already the case in Kansas and 11 other states, and Trickle hopes her story can help make the change.
Trickle has a hearing date Thursday in Jackson County where she will make her case to try to avoid any penalties. As she put it, $500 is a lot of diapers.