The Army promised Hutchinson a four-week extension to work out a new plan for Kamani, and in the meantime Hughes brought the boy back to his mother in Georgia.
But midway through the promised extension, the Army told Hutchinson she would have to deploy right away. She then decided not to appear for the flight to Afghanistan. Although she is not a war resister or conscientious objector, she contacted Courage to Resist, an Oakland-based organization that supports military resisters.
Hutchinson returned to base voluntarily after less than 24 hours. She was arrested, and Kamani placed in foster care until Hughes again brought him to Oakland. Hutchinson was initially threatened with being flown to Afghanistan for a special court martial after which she would face a year in jail; she is now under restriction. Hughes continues to feel she cannot care for her grandson in the long term.Read More