“He then replied to me that was not his problem and that, if I had any other excuse, he was going to take her that day and have me put in contempt,” Bell said.
“That’s when I walked out of the courtroom crying,” she said. “I definitely have fear of going back to the courthouse. I am worried about the consequences that will happen.”
The rule forbidding children under 12 in the courtroom is meant to keep disruption to a minimum and to keep children from hearing things that may not be appropriate for them, according to other judges in the state, WRAL reported. Enforcement of the rule is at the discretion of the judge.
Faircloth declined to comment on Bell’s claims to WRAL, as did Johnston County Chief District Judge Jackie Lee.
Bell is due back in court May 20.