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Soldier/mom charged for not deploying
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Court-martial charges were filed Tuesday afternoon against Army Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, the 3rd ID soldier who allegedly refused to deploy to Iraq, saying she could not find adequate childcare for her son.
She was charged with four violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including missing movement, absence without leave, dereliction of duty and insubordinate conduct toward a noncommissioned officer, according to a news release from Fort Stewart.
Hutchinson has obtained legal representation. In the Army, an accused soldier has the right to be represented by civilian counsel at no cost to the government, and by detailed military counsel at no expense to the accused.
These charges are still only allegations.
The release said Hutchinson was allowed two weeks of leave to spend the holidays with her family in California. That leave was extended so she could be home for her son's birthday as well.
Further, the release said the command has informed her of alternatives for childcare if her mother is unable to continue caring for her son. So far, Hutchinson has chosen not to take advantage of any of those options, according to the release.
Hutchinson is now on duty at Hunter Army Airfield and is meeting with her attorneys in preparation for the court-martial.
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