Holiday reprieve reunites confined soldier, infant son

FORT STEWART, Ga. -- An Army soldier arrested for skirting overseas deployment to care for her infant son has been reunited with the boy for the holiday season, according to her attorney.

 

Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, assigned to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, had been confined to Hunter Army Airfield since mid-November, when she refused to board a plane bound for Afghanistan because, she said, plans for her 11-month-old child to stay with his grandmother in Oakland, Calif., fell through.

The grandmother ultimately claimed the boy, named Kamani, in Georgia, and Hutchinson was detained on possible desertion charges.

The holiday reprieve has allowed Hutchinson to travel to California, where she "is overjoyed to see her son after being separated from him," Rai Sue Sussman, the San Francisco-based attorney, said in a news release. "It was very difficult to say goodbye to him under the circumstances, and she is enjoying re-bonding with her son and giving her mother a break.

"She also looks forward to finding a resolution of her situation."

Sussman said Hutchinson, a single mother, has a pending request to the Army for discharge for reasons of parenthood.

Efforts to reach Fort Stewart officials were unsuccessful Thursday. Calls to Sussman for additional comments were not returned.

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