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Breastfeeding mother kicked out of Brad Paisley concert

SAN DIEGO – Police escorted a Navy wife from a Brad Paisley concert at Sleep Train Amphitheatre Thursday night because they said she was endangering her baby by being in the “pit” area.

Megan Christopherson recorded the interaction between her and at least three Chula Vista police officers and posted the video to YouTube.

The video shows officers asking her to leave the pit area of the concert with them. When she asks why, one of the officers tells her that she is putting her baby in danger because of the loud music and the possibility that the baby could be crushed if the crowd surges forward toward the stage.

The officer explains that they consulted the District Attorney’s Office before approaching her and were told that bringing a baby to the pit area of a concert constituted borderline felony child endangerment.

Christopherson suggested that the real reason they were asking her to leave was because she had been breastfeeding the baby earlier, but the officer denied that, saying that their only concern was for her baby’s safety.

The officers told Christopherson that she could be seated in a safer area to watch the concert or leave the concert and get a refund. Christopherson opted for the refund.

As the woman was lead out of the venue, both she and her older daughter, who appeared to be about 10 years old, burst into tears.

Christopherson said that her husband is in the Navy. She repeatedly asked the officers for proof that noise levels in the pit area posed a danger to her baby.

At one point during the interaction, an officer threatened to refer the case to San Diego County Child Protective Services. He also said that if she had refused to leave the pit with the baby, she would have been placed under arrest.

The Chula Vista Police Department released a statement Friday about the incident which was consistent with the events shown in YouTube video.

“The Chula Vista Police Department’s involvement in the incident was due to the welfare and safety of the infant and not due to a mother’s legal right to breastfeed in public,” the statement concluded.

22 comments

  • Rae Weatherford

    You know I really don’t feel like this Mom or her children are victims here, got a little advice for this Mom, get a baby sitter next time, I have raised children and grandchildren and would never consider taking them to a concert, and the media blowing it up “saying she got kicked out for breast feeding, most people with children know what damage loud music can do to a baby’s hearing, GOT NEWS FOR THIS MOM IT IS CHILD ENDANGERMENT :(

  • byjw82

    Shame on you for falsely labeling this to get attention. She was not booted for nursing at all. She was booted for clearly endangering her children. Babies have no place in concert pits and neither do children.

  • Tana Ocker

    Does she realize that there are more people who dissagree with her than the other way,,, if she had been further back she would have been fine, she just had it in her head that she was right,,,and if she was there with a friend why didn’t she let her older child stay with that person, mom sounds like a selfish poor me whiner to me,,,I was a Navy wife for 20 years that wasn’t a relevant fact to throw out there,,,the media needs to let this one go, there are so many better causes to champion,,, this woman can afford to upgrade to pit tickets them she can afford a sitter for the baby and take the older child to the concert

  • Ron Melancon

    They did the right thing. A child ear and hearing is still developing and yes this child hearing could suffer. Why do you ask? My step father hit my head when I was 5 and his hand broke my ear drum and as a result Iost 30% of my hearing

      • Robert

        Carlpages, you probably don’t have kids. If you do, I hope their other parent makes the decisions on their well-being. You sound ignorant and biased against police just b/ they are doing their job. Taking an infant to the out area of a concert is wreck less and should actually be a ticketed offense in the least. Do your homework on developing children and impacts of noise before you make another comment supporting this ridiculous woman (I can’t call her a mother since she lacks those qualities based on the video I just saw)

      • carlapage54

        the breast feeding law states that a woman can breast feed her infant where ever she so choses

        Forty-six states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location. (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.)

        i rest my case!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • athynz

        Ahh so now it’s about breast feeding – so then that makes it okay for the mother to subject the baby’s still developing sense of hearing to loud music? Sorry but THAT’s the dog that don’t hunt.

        Queue trolling comment from one who never addresses the subject but has loads to say about people who post.

  • Magenta

    “Hey, I just got pit tickets for the Brad Paisley concert! Let’s take our baby with us so we can blow his inner ears to kingdom come!”

    Really, no sympathy for this one. Suppose they did allow her to stay… we’d instead get the “Newborn crushed to death at Brad Paisley concert” one. More than likely they would’ve passed the blame off on someone else instead of themselves for not using common sense to keep that baby out of such a potentially dangerous situation.

      • Y. B. Normal

        Carla, I’ll bet the people dissing you have no problem beating their child into submissiveness. Sad they can’t see what the real issue is…

  • Y. B. Normal

    So the cops were only worried about the SLEEPING baby being crushed or deafened, and not the most likely stoned and drunk in public revelers around her? Guess they ran out of doughnuts…

  • krista

    The pit areas of concerts are well known to be highly energized with people jumping, dancing, and frequently, pushing and shoving to acquire a more advantageous spot. The rude pushing and shoving has generated assaults at some concerts thereby prompting the need for a police presence. Obviously, by the tape, breast feeding was not the issue since officers recommended she could continue such in a safer area. I nursed two children and would never expose my child to that kind of an area. This is a case of a total lack of common sense.

  • Barbara

    They police handled it well. This lady should NEVER have taken her baby where it could endanger her hearing! It was definitely labeled wrong because it had nothing to do with breastfeeding. As for the 10 year old, this mother was offered different seats and refused. The mother was wrong all around!!!!

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