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Controversy is brewing after a woman was asked to leave a Brad Paisley concert in California with her infant on Thursday.
Authorities say the woman was ejected because the child could "be crushed from a potential surge from the crowd or could be impacted from loud noise coming from the speakers" and the child had nothing to protect her ears. The woman claims that she was thrown out because people around her were complaining about her breastfeeding.
The woman filmed the incident but the video has since been removed from YouTube. In the video, the mother tells officers that she feels she's being ejected because security had told her to stop breastfeeding and that she had taken the infant to another concert at the same venue before and had no problem.
The woman's friends have corroborated her story and she told a local TV news crew, "It's a country concert. I wasn't at a death metal or rap concert. I trust my motherly instinct that if my baby's ears hurt, she would cry and then I would move out."
The woman has now hired an attorney and is seeking a formal apology (and who knows what else).
Here's the San Diego news report:
I was born & raised in Kentucky... I graduated from Spalding University (Communications major, theatre minor-- now there's money well-spent!) I've been married to my darling Ron since November of 2004 and I collect pigs...seriously-- I have thousands! :-) I'm very proud to be a breast cancer survivor, so needless to say breast cancer awareness is extremely important to Ron & me... including Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society. And since we're animal geeks, we also love the Humane Society. Favorite TV shows: The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, American Pickers and anything involving the paranormal, like Ghost Adventures or Ghost Hunters--why, I don't know! Any cooking show will suck me in, too. What I love: (Besides Ron, obviously!) CHOCOLATE, animals, cupcakes, black & white movies, college basketball, travel. Favorite travel spots: England, Germany, France, Ireland, Alaska, Colorado...anywhere there are mountains! (I may be the only woman on the planet that doesn't like the beach...if it gets hot there I don't wanna go!) Favorite food: Anything to do with a big ol' unhealthy Southern breakfast--biscuits, gravy, country ham, etc., German, Italian, Chinese. Did I mention CAKE? Favorite Country Artists: George Strait, Eric Church, Alison Krauss, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Chris Young. All-time favorites: Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrell, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Garth Brooks, Vern Gosdin.