Mother Jailed for Rum Formula

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Janice - posted on 06/18/2012

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I'm not sure if the mother belongs in jail, I mean couldn't she make bail? I definitely think she should only be allowed supervised visits until her true intentions are figured out. If this was a complete accident I must assume that she was under the influence and/or was regularly partying around her child. I think she needs AA or something and some parenting classes. Hopefully the whole ordeal is enough to make this mom change her ways and do whats right for her child.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have never heard of giving a baby alcohol to relieve gas (yes, some gripe waters have alcohol in them but not ozs of it). I have heard of rubbing whiskey on their gums for sore gums, while teething. I have never heard of giving them a bottle of formula mixed with rum to relieve either gas nor sore gums...



I think she fucked up and was extremly neglectful, whether being stupid and having rum in a water bottle or deliberately using it.

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Becky - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have a hard time buying that this was purely accidental. Aside from the fact that most people would have smelt the alcohol - it's plausible that she didn't for some reason - there is the fact that a baby would almost certainly balk at drinking formula mixed with alcohol! It would taste off and would burn going down. So she would have had to force the baby to drink enough to give her alcohol poisoning. I don't necessarily think she was trying to kill her baby, after all, she did get the baby medical attention. But I think she gave the baby alcohol on purpose - maybe to make her sleep, to calm teething, who knows. She gave her too much and harmed her, and is claiming it was an accident to make herself look better. Either that, or she was under the influence of something herself when she fed the baby. So, I think, at best, she's not very bright. I don't know if she should be in jail - it wouldn't be justified if it truly was an accident - but I do think she should be kept away from her baby, or at least 100% supervised with her until it can be determined that she does not pose a risk to the baby.

Kaitlin - posted on 06/17/2012

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Meme, I haven't heard of giving rum to relieve that either, but it's not that far a stretch, especially if someone is thinking of doing that anyway ;)

Kaitlin - posted on 06/17/2012

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The article said the baby was recovering.
A friend of mine brought up the idea that perhaps it wasn't an accident- not that she was trying to kill her baby with alcohol (like some comments on the article had said) but perhaps she was trying to use it to relieve gas or teething, and made the uneducated decision to do so with rum, then got caught up in the case and called in an accident. To me, that sounds more believable than an accident or trying to kill your child.
I DO see that as neglectful though- do you? If it was done purposefully, abuse, accidentally, neglect- it is such a serious mistake.
Do you think the police made the right call to place her in jail, away from her child's hospital bedside?

Stifler's - posted on 06/16/2012

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We keep our rum in the freezer so I doubt I'd be getting water out of the freezer/fridge to fill a bottle. Try the kettle.

Denikka - posted on 06/16/2012

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I personally don't think rum smells hardly at all. Neither does vodka to me. Not in the container anyway, unless I really get down and sniff it, but I can sure smell it on someone's breath! XP
I remember when I was younger, a story that my friends mom told me. She was having a bunch of girlfriends over that night and made up a bunch of spiked punch and stuck it in the fridge. Her daughter (my friend) came home from school, she was in grade 1 or 2, and the mom didn't hear her come in right away, so the girl went and grabbed herself a big glass of *juice* and went to find her mom who was doing laundry or whatever. Didn't think twice about the big glass of juice in her daughters hand. My friend ended up pretty tipsy before anyone realized anything.
I realize that's a drastically different scenario, but stupid stuff can happen. Mom's not quite awake, or not paying complete attention for one reason or another,and something happens. Grabs the wrong bottle or whatever. I know there were many morning where my grandma accidentally gave me coffee instead of milk.
I think whoever put the rum in the water bottle is as much at fault, if not more than the mom (if it was truly an accident). This is why I just about never have alcohol in the house, and when I do, it's ALWAYS in the top of the freezer, or on a top shelve in the original container.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 06/16/2012

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I'm not sure I can comprehend mistaking rum for water. It is a very strong smell. Sure, if you have no sense of smell, it would be a wee harder but come on, you have to not be able to smell at all, to not smell rum.



I suppose, since I do not drink and we keep all of our alcohol in our Garage fridge, I have a difficult time fathoming how this could have become an accident. Although, I also have a hard time fathoming a mother trying to kill their child with alcohol. I mean, it isn't going to look like an accident.



The poor baby. Just terrible. I am surprised the child drank any of it, eeshh, that shit is nasty!

Jurnee - posted on 06/15/2012

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I wuold think you could smell it also, but like someone else said, not everyone has a great sense of smell. Great reason to keep things in original packaging though.

Mary - posted on 06/15/2012

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Eh - I've met more than few people who had almost no sense of smell. My mother was one of them, and I worked with a nurse who really couldn't smell at all (I almost envied her - in my job that can be a huge "gift"!).

I have no idea if this mom's story is bogus or not. I don't know her, and I don't know all the details. However, not to long ago, my daughter woke up at some dog-awful early hour of the morning. I stumbled downstairs, still half asleep, and got her a cup of milk, and myself a much-needed cup of coffee. I handed her the milk, only to have her say, "Mommy - what did you do to my milk?". I'd inadvertently given her a full cup of hazelnut coffee creamer!

Janice - posted on 06/15/2012

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As you poured the rum from the water bottle to the baby bottle you would smell it. I just can't understand how you could miss that.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2012

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It's a prime example of why things should be kept in the correct pacakaging and bottles, or at least clearly labelled so you know exactly what is in them

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