Dad gets 4 year old drunk

Katherine - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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A 4-year-old little girl is dead in Georgia after collapsing and being rushed to the hospital. After failing to revive her, the doctors who tried to save the toddler's life were shocked when they discovered the cause of the little girl's death: extreme alcohol poisoning.

How in the world does that happen to a 4-year-old? While the details have not been released regarding how much alcohol she ingested, the father and the aunt of the little girl have been arrested and charged with felony cruelty to children and felony murder. Four other children in the home have been removed, as the implication is that the father "plied" the little girl with alcohol.

I never thought it was "cute" to let your little ones drink from your beer can, and I think most people can agree that giving your baby a bong hit is crossing the line as well. But some people, apparently, think, "Hey, what's it going to hurt?" A lot, actually.

Alcohol isn't meant for tiny people with tiny bodies, who cannot metabolize the way full-grown adults can. Even adults need an hour to metabolize an average alcoholic beverage. Someone 1/3 your size is not going to be okay sipping on your brewski. And "plieing" a toddler with alcohol, as the report says, is the same as poisoning your child.

Even a small amount can have an adverse effect, and honestly, why would you do that? To see a toddler topple around drunk? That is seriously messed up. You wouldn't give your toddler a smidgen of rat poison just to see what happens, so why give any other toxic substance?

Do you ever let your toddler have a sip?

http://thestir.cafemom.com/toddler/11603...

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LaReis - posted on 02/10/2011

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HOW TOTALLY SAAAAD!!!!!! No a child should never be permitted to sip any alcoholic beverage..... I am not gonna bash and bad mouth the father who made a BAD decision, the worst he has ever made in his life, instead i will pray for him and his family, and others who are out there doing things like this and it is going unnoticed because they have yet to run into a tragedy behind it...It is so sad that this little one lost her life in this way i pray that this will speak to many parents and what they expose there children to...

LaReis - posted on 02/10/2011

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OMG!!! how sad that is for everyone invloved the loss of the life of such a young child is always the worse, but the cause behind this one is almost too much to take.... but their is also sadness on the part of the parent who thought that it was okay and harmless to give the toddler the alcohol that took her life.......this is just a horrible reminder to always think a thing through before acting upon it....im sure he didn't give it to her thinking that this could take her out he thought he'd have a laugh or whatever and it ended up in TRAGEDY.....let us keep him in prayer and the rest of the family and others who have done something like this before and "gotten lucky" that they may let this speak to them and they will change their behavior...

Katherine - posted on 02/10/2011

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My MIL would give sips of beer to my nieces and nephews when they were babies. She tried with mine and I nearly back handed her.

Jenn - posted on 02/10/2011

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@Emma - considering the fact that alcohol has been around forever, I'm pretty sure it has NOTHING to do with the obesity "epidemic".

Danielle - posted on 02/10/2011

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My husband and I have had this argument several times. He has fond memories as a child sitting with his grandfather on the porch and drinking a half of coffee cup of beer. He wanted to do that with my kids and I absolutely forbid it! I will admit that this past New Years I was drinking a margurita at my cousin's house and got up to go to the bathroom and my four yr old daughter snuck into the kitchen and took a sip. I freaked out and everyone started laughing and I was furious at the fact they could find something like that funny. Not to mention there were three adults in there and no one seemed to be watching her the five minutes I went to the bathroom.

Jackie - posted on 02/10/2011

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I grew up in a house where beer was the regular drink of the house and brought to all bbqs so all the kids drank beer like it was soda, starting at a very early age. Now as an adult, my siblings and I dont drink beer. We also smoked when we were young elementary kids, none of us smoke now either. My kids wouldnt have the chance to drink or smoke since it is never around but I wonder if doing it so young was a good or bad thing.

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The most alcohol my husband or i have ever let our children have is licking the top of the bottle or glass or what ever the alcohol has come out of.
My oldest 2 have both had good mouthfuls but it has been when we haven't been looking. About 2 weeks ago after a get together the night before a bottle of cheap ass shit bourbon left here by someone else wa sleft low enough for my daughter to get to it with probably 1 drink left in it. She took a hige mouth full and then spat it back in the bottle and came vrying to me about how yucky it was. I didn't get angry with her because it was my fault it was with in her reach or sight. Instead i explained why i don't drink it and how bad it tastes and asked if she would go near it again to which she told me how horrible it was and that she wouldn't.
On her 1st birthday my step grand father who i no longer have contact with gave her some cheap ass scotch straight. I lost it at him and my grandmother. My grandmother said he'd never do it so i didn't speak to them again.
After a blow out we had here not long ago i am in the process of never having parties or heavy nights here again because i hate it and don't want my kids to view alcohol negatively.

Nadia - posted on 02/09/2011

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It breaks my heart to know there are people in the world like this! WTF was going through their heads?!?!? I would NEVER NEVR NEVER give my kids alcohol! MY oldest (5yrs) as seen me drink the occasional NON-alcoholic cooler and wine at Christmas, etc... and my hubby rarely has real beer. he always buys non-alcoholic, too. He just likes the taste and doesn't want to get drunk. simply explain to my daughter that these are grown up drinks. For special occasions we buy her a "special" drink... which is sparkling apple juice. looks just like mommy's wine, but it's special just for her and we ven put it in a special glass. I remember my parent's letting me and my sister at that age have a half-shot of wine with the holiday dinner... we took one whff and decided if it smelled that bad, it probably tasted worse and mom and dad really were weird for wanting to drink it!

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2011

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yes. A sip though nothing else. I never thought twice about it til I saw posts on here....she would have been under 1 when all this ocurred. A sip of beer and from memory I think it was cowboys that a family member gave her a taste of but that was on a dummy. its not been done iwth my second child and took me a while to get this msg thru to hubby. Horrible what happened to the little girl

April - posted on 02/09/2011

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My dad let me take a sip from his can once, i took one sip and was disgusted, i was about 11 at the time, his point was too show me that it tasted "bad" and to discourage me from drinking it in the future, and at the time i totally agreed with him, beer equaled gross to me LOL but as i grew older... well, things changed haha so i don't really think my dad's plan worked, so no i won't be copying my dad on that one when it comes to my daughter and son :D

Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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Alcohol isn't meant for anyone to drink. LOL. We just drink it anyway. IMO it's one of the reasons for the obesity epidemic, it's shitty effects on people's metabolism. I don't let my toddler drink any alcohol no.

Jenn - posted on 02/09/2011

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No, I do not let my kids have a "sip". I once had a "friend" who was about to let my son have a sip of her drink (we were at a bbq) and I seriously LOST it on her! Do NOT feed my child alcohol - I told her that I did not think it was OK or "cute" to do and don't she EVER dare do that again. We are no longer friends for a variety of reasons.

Becky - posted on 02/09/2011

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Disgusting! I seriously don't know what makes people think stuff like this is okay! No, I would never give my child a sip of my alcohol - I don't drink beer either, and some of the stuff I like is pretty good tasting! Much less plie them with it! I hope they go to jail for a very long time and never see their other children again! Some people really are too stupid to breed!

Sharon - posted on 02/09/2011

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Nope, never.

I don't drink beer, I drink sweet fruity wine coolers. So letting them have a taste of that would be a real gamble because they might actually like it. So I never would.

Like it was pointed out - 1. they aren't meant to drink alcohol. 2. they might actually like it, I've even heard of toddlers that LIKED beer? their parents offered a tiny sip thinking they'll hate it, its bitter and nasty and oops, they like it (like some kids liking pure lemon juice)

So nope, I don't do it, I wouldn't do it.

Amie - posted on 02/09/2011

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Mine have stolen sips of beer. They didn't like it and haven't tried to touch a can since then, other than to deliver it to daddy or myself. LOL

I wouldn't intentionally give my kids alcohol though. =/

Lacye - posted on 02/09/2011

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Well we know who wins the "Loser Dad of the Century" prize. No. My child has never and will never have any kind of alcoholic drink. That is severe child abuse and no, seeing a toddler drunk is not funny. It's sick and disgusting. People like that are fucked up and seriously in need of some kind of psychiatric help.

Krista - posted on 02/09/2011

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You're lucky. My Sam liked it. I had thought the can was empty, but there must have been some dregs in there. I was clearing the dishes, and when I came back in the room, the little fart had the can in his hand, and was smacking his lips and going, "Ahhhh...."

I wasn't too worried, because I knew he would have only had a few drops. But I would never, ever deliberately give him any amount of alcohol. My FIL once tried to give him a little beer on a spoon, and my husband and I were like, "Um yeah...no. Not going to happen." He meant no harm, obviously -- I think it was just one of those "older generation" things.

Kate CP - posted on 02/09/2011

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Krista: My Sam did the same thing with her aunt's beer. She tried a sip and went "Eeew!" Granted, she's not a toddler any more, but still...it freaked me out a little! I would never intentionally give a young child alcohol. Not cool. :(

Krista - posted on 02/09/2011

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@Kaleigh: I hate that as well. You hear of some people at parties giving the dog a bowl of beer and getting it drunk. I find that to be so cruel -- they have no idea what that alcohol could be doing to that poor creature's system.

Bonnie - posted on 02/09/2011

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That father (if you even want to call him that) has no brains. That is ridiculous. Now he is left without a daughter because of his stupidity. Although, he doesn't deserve one.

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That's sick, I have never seen anything like that thusfar and I'd report it immediately my God some friggin people. Some idiots do the same thing to their pets and I think they need a kick in te head as well. You want to fill up your own body with crap thats fine don't force it on innocent children or animals.

Katherine - posted on 02/09/2011

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It's such a sad sad story. How could one be so damn irresponsible?

Tara - posted on 02/09/2011

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deplorable.
Never have I ever thought it was cute to see a toddler having a sip of booze. It's not cute, it's abuse.
It's like that video of the toddler smoking a joint that was on youtube a few months back. Some people think it's cute. I think it's ludicrous that those parents don't know how wrong that is!!!

Riley's favourite teething object was an ice cold can of UNOPENED beer. But open? Never?
I hope he goes to jail for a long long time..but honestly I have the opinion that in most cases you can't cure stupid.

Krista - posted on 02/09/2011

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I've never thought it was cute either. I'll confess that Sam once got hold of my (almost-empty) can of beer and had himself a little taste, but that's a FAR cry from deliberately giving your child booze.

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2011

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Disgusting! I have never thought it was cute to feed a child booze. I have been known to leave homes, partys because I have seen a grown adult giving a child booze, and laffing about it.

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