I have a question for those who identify with Maxie and have said that if they were in her place, NOTHING would keep them from their baby, no matter the consequences for doing so.
If the threat of spending a few weeks or even months in lockup where you definitely wouldn't be able to see her wouldn't be enough of a deterrent, what about the very real possibility that that the judge could make the order PERMANENT, which would prevent you from being around your daughter for the rest of her life instead of a mere six months? I understand the emotional bond between a mother and child and all that stuff, but what's called for in this case, and what the judge is obviously looking for, is discipline, maturity, and at least some indication that Maxie has learned the value of respecting and abiding by the rules of society which says, among other things, that you don't try to give away your children, and you don't ignore the laws of the land, or the orders of the court just because you disagree with them.
By blatantly violating the restrictions placed upon her after even less than one day, Maxie has not only jeopardized Spinelli's chances to retain custody of their daughter, but has also proven herself incapable of controlling her impulses, and unworthy of the trust that the court, in it's wisdom, has denied her. In fact, her actions are the very definition of contempt of court. For that matter, she has shown absolutely no respect for ANY authority, legal or moral. Her pattern of behavior throughout this entire debacle has been to ignore the intrinsic value of doing the “right thing” for its own sake, and to instead do whatever she wanted to do, based on whether or not she thought she could get away with it.
Maxie's priorities are all screwed up. During the hearing, Maxie was more worried about the clothes she was wearing and the image she projected rather than convincing the judge that she had learned the error of her ways. Now, she's more concerned about missing the opportunity to dress her daughter up in cute outfits to show her off in public than she is about becoming a better person so that in six months she can show the court that she can be a good role model for Spixie. Apparently, Maxie doesn't want a child to raise that would require her to develop a functioning moral compass, she wants a doll to play dress up with, as if her daughter was the ultimate fashion accessory.
In spite of the fact that she caused this whole mess, Maxie only regrets that things didn't work out in her favor, and she truly believes the ruling against her was unfair. Until she can accept that it was NOT unfair, or even unreasonable, and can convincingly demonstrate to the court that she wouldn't pass on her own amoral point of view that “the end justifies the means, just as long as you don't get caught,” to her daughter, then Maxie shouldn't be allowed anywhere NEAR Spixie, or any OTHER child for that matter.