Mom couldn't skip jury duty 3 weeks after labor

Posted at 7:05 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 19:05:07-05

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- A Butler County mom said she was required to take her newborn to court when she was summonsed for jury duty.

"My pediatrician told me not to take her out in public for six weeks," Michelle Pankau said. "A lot of people were coughing and sneezing."

Pankau said she alerted the court when she first got her summons that she would give birth soon, but that she got a letter back saying her pregnancy was not a medical condition.

But jury commissioner Gary Yates told WCPO's Julie O'Neill that there was miscommunication with Pankau, and that a mother who has recently given birth would generally be excused from jury duty.

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