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A Caroline County, Va., woman was sentenced Thursday to 10 days in jail for defying a court order not to smoke around her young children. Tamara Silvius, 44, was immediately handcuffed and led out of the courtroom by deputies. Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Judge John H. Thomas said Silvius could post a $500 bond while she appeals his ruling. Thomas last August barred Silvius from smoking around the children, now ages 8 and 10, as part of her shared custody arrangement with her ex-husband. She violated the order during a trip to South Carolina for Thanksgiving when she taped plastic trash bags inside her car to keep the smoke from reaching her children. For that, Silvius was fined $500 and was given a 10-day suspended sentence on the condition she not do it again. However, Silvius was back in court Thursday for violating the order a second time in June. Silvius, a pack-a-day smoker, claims the restriction violates her rights. Caroline Circuit Judge Horace A. Revercomb III upheld the restriction in January, citing medical evidence of the effects of secondhand smoke on children. Silvius has appealed the ruling to the Virginia Court of Appeals. Mark A. Murphy, an attorney representing the children’s father, Steven Silvius, noted that Tamara Silvius is free to smoke on days when her children are not with her. “It’s our belief that the secondhand smoke the children are receiving can complicate any health problems they have,” Murphy said. He declined to be specific about the problems to protect the children’s privacy. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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