Conn. Mom & Pal Plead Guilty: Gave Kids Beer, Cocaine

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A Connecticut mother and her friend have pleaded guilty to charges of risk of injury to a child for giving her children drugs and alcohol.

Juliette Dunn and her pal Lisa Jefferson were arrested in a park in June after another mother reported to police that she saw the women give beer to Dunn's four-year-old son. Her ten-month-old daughter subsequently tested positive for alcohol and cocaine.

Witnesses say they saw Dunn order the boy to chug a 40-ounce bottle of beer, then called him an alcoholic when he did so. Police found an empty bottle near the boy, as well as a baby bottle containing a dark liquid that smelled like alcohol near the little girl.

Dunn reportedly told officers that Jefferson gave the boy a bottle of beer every day. She said she had no idea how the baby could have tested positive for coke since she does not breast feed her.

The boy was well-versed in beer brands, telling a social worker that he liked "Natural Ice beer, Budweiser beer, but didn't like the taste of Dog-Bite beer," according to the Connecticut Post.

The pair pleaded under the Alford Doctrine in which a defendant does not accept the charges, but admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to win a conviction. They each face up to two years in prison when they will be sentenced in December.

The children were turned over to the Department of Children and Families. Long term custody has not yet been decided.