NEWPORT, Tenn. — A Tennessee mother is appealing a judge’s decision to force her to change her son’s name.
Jaleesa Martin named her seven-month-old son “Messiah Deshawn Martin.”
When Martin and the baby’s father couldn’t agree on a name, they took the matter to court, in a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court.
Judge Lu Ann Ballew defended her order, saying the decision is best for the child as he grows up in a county with a large Christian population.
“It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is,” said Ballew.
The appeal will be heard in Cocke County on September 17th.