Watch: Judge Amber Wolf Allows Inmate To See Son For The First Time

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It was an emotional moment in a Jefferson County district courtroom on Friday when a judge allowed an inmate to meet his baby for the first time.


The courtroom video that documented the heartwarming incident shows Judge Amber Wolf finishing the hearing for defendant James Roeder and beginning the hearing of James’ wife, Ashley.

James and Ashley, both facing charges as co-defendants in a burglary incident, have been ordered not to have any contact.

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However, the judge said she was willing to make a temporary exception to allow James to meet his one-month-old son for the first time, as reported by WLKY.

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“I saw her try to hold the baby up when he came out for his case to be called with his attorney,” Judge Wolf said. “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.”

After the tear-jerking scene when both James and Ashley left, Judge Wolf said to those in the courtroom, “If you all aren’t teared up, then you’re just heartless.”

Speaking about her generosity in granting a meeting between James and his son, Judge Wolf said “it wasn’t really a judge thing.”

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“I think it was just more of a human thing. He hadn’t met his baby. And I could see that his wife wanted him to see the baby,” Judge Wolf said, as reported by WDRB. “And I know from previous interactions from Mr. Roeder that he had been very concerned about being able to meet his baby prior to it being born. And I just saw an opportunity that I didn’t want to squander.”

Arrest reports state James and Ashley face charges for their involvement in an alleged burglary incident of February 9. The two have been accused of breaking into a warehouse and stealing six flat screen televisions.

The two were taken into custody on May 20.

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