JEFFERSON COUNTY, KY (WCMH) — It was a moment to keep that left everyone in the courtroom in tears when a judge let an inmate got to see his infant son for the very first time.
According to WDRB, James Roeder and his wife, Ashley, were both charged in a February burglary case, and Jefferson County District Judge Amber Wolf had ordered the couple not to contact each other.
However, after wrapping up a hearing for James, and about to start one for Ashley, Wolf noticed the woman had tried to hold up their 1-month-old son for James to see.
“I saw her try to hold the baby up when he came out for his case to be called with his attorney,” Judge Wolf told WDRB on Monday. “And I thought that he hadn’t seen that. And it occurred to me after we finished this case that he had not met his baby — who was 30 days old — and that he was not going to get an opportunity to meet his baby anytime in the near future.”
So Wolf called James back into the courtroom.
“I don’t want you to say anything about your case at all,” Wolf can be heard telling James in the video. “Don’t say anything. Your lawyer is not present right now. But I understand that there is a chance that you’re going to go back to Todd County, and your baby is a month old, and you haven’t met that baby yet. Is that right?”
“Yes maam,” James replies.
That’s when Wolf allows Ashley to bring the infant into the courtroom to meet his dad for the very first time.
“I know you have a no-contact order between you and Mrs. Roeder that I issued — and I am not changing that,” said Judge Wolf. “I’m making a temporary exception right in front of me, on the record, so that you can meet this baby. This is your son.”
For several moments James holds his son before eventually giving him back to his wife.
After James is escorted out of the room, Wolf can be heard telling Ashley, “Thank you for letting me be a part of that.”