Mother accepts discharge in lieu of trial

An Army specialist who refused deployment to Afghanistan because no one was available to care for her infant son in her absence has agreed to leave the military instead of facing a court-martial, service officials said.

As part of the agreement 21-year-old Spc. Alexis Hutchinson will be stripped of her rank and become ineligible for future military or veterans benefits, according to a release from Army Forces Command.

[T]he Army Forces Command disputed [her] version of events.

“The investigation revealed evidence, from both other Soldiers and from Private Hutchinson herself, that she didn’t intend to deploy to Afghanistan with her unit and deliberately sought ways out of the deployment,” the release said.

Hutchinson admitted to lying about the circumstances, officials said.

Stars & Stripes reports.