A teen mom and a relative are in deep, deep trouble with the law this week after cops allege they got a toddler drunk on vodka. The 1-year-old was so sick she suffered alcohol poisoning. I'll just let that sink in for a second. OK, ready?
How in the world does a 1-year-old end up drunk? Or, more to the point, who could possibly think it's a good idea?
Houston police have charged Shadreon Jefferson, 17, and Shamara Batiste with felony child endangerment after allegedly plying Jefferson's 1-year-old daughter with six shots of vodka. The baby's paternal grandmother is the one who called the cops after the two reportedly dropped the baby off at her home, and she found that the girl could not stand up and began to vomit.
A judge has handed down a no contact order barring Jefferson from her daughter as the case proceeds through the courts. The baby is in the custody of her father.
If a mom thinks it's OK to give a toddler vodka, I can't imagine what else she thinks is OK. Just think what six shots of vodka do to a grownup. We'd be unable to drive. Heck, I'd be down on the floor! Now think about an adult's body weight in comparison to a toddler's.
I think I might vomit. Or cry. Or both.
You see cases like this pop up in the news now and again, and they always make me wonder: is the problem so much criminal intent as it is sheer stupidity? Now, I'm not saying cops shouldn't have arrested these two geniuses or that they shouldn't be taking this through the court system. Clearly a drunken toddler needs someone on her side, protecting her, and since it doesn't seem to be her mother in this case, the state has to step in.
But could it be that someone was just ... that dumb? That this 17-year-old (ahem) actually thought this was a no harm, no foul kind of situation? Thought it was funny? Hey, we've all seen kids do dumb things, the kinds of things that make us fear for the future of society.
We're talking about someone giving a BABY vodka! No intelligent person would do that ... right? Or is this all just wishful thinking on my part?
If this mother is guilty, here's hoping she gets sent to some REALLY stringent parenting classes before she's ever allowed near her child again.
Be honest: could you see a teenager doing this out of sheer stupidity? What should the punishment be?
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