VIDEO: Judge Scolds, Jails Domestic Violence Victim for Missing Court
A Florida judge is under fire for her decision to send a domestic violence victim to jail for failing to show up to court.
The woman was supposed to testify at the trial of her baby's father, but failed to appear.
"Why didn't you show up to court?" Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins asked the sobbing woman.
The woman mentioned she had "anxiety" issues and was "not in a good place" at the July hearing.
Collins was unmoved by the excuses, and imposed a three-day sentence on the woman.
"I have a one-year-old son and I'm trying to take care of him by myself! I'm begging you, please. Please, don't," the woman cried to the judge before she was led away.
The mother argued that she had told authorities she did not want to press charges, but the state brought the man to trial anyway.
In April, the accuser had called police, stating that the father of her child choked her and threatened her with a kitchen knife.
Since she did not testify, the charges were downgraded and the alleged abuser spent just a few weeks behind bars.
Critics say this judge's actions could dissuade other domestic violence victims from calling police.
Watch the courtroom video below.