An Arkansas woman was arrested and charged with endangerment after she admitted to giving her 10-month-old son whiskey in his bottle.
Lori Sheppard, 28, reportedly told police she was trying to help relieve her child of his teething pain. The Smoking Gun reports that Sheppard called her mother when her son would not stop crying, and was apparently told to rub some alcohol on the child's gums.
A police report states that the child was flown by helicopter to the hospital on Oct. 28 with a blood alcohol content of 0.19 after he was found "limp and unresponsive," according to The Smoking Gun and KATV. Sheppard originally told police that her son, Ronald, was fine after she "placed him in his playpen" in the family's home in Mt. Holly, Arkansas, but when she returned a short while later he was unresponsive.
After questioning by police, Sheppard admitted to filling Ronald's bottle with bourbon whiskey in an attempt to relieve his pain and calm him down. In addition, Sheppard also apparently had given her son Tylenol and Motrin before she called her mother and received the advice to use alcohol.
"Those are things that can actually be dangerous for the baby. Some of that is getting absorbed through the skin inside their mouth and we know that alcohol in little people, and big people as well, causes you to have less mental abilities later on down the road," Dr. Carrie Brown of the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, told KATV.
Brown also said that while what Sheppard did was unfortunate, it is also unfortunately common.
"It happens nearly every day. There are a lot of theories out there that parents, grandparents or great grandparents have passed down from generation to generation. So people are getting misinformation on a regular basis from people who truly love and care about them," Brown said.
Sheppard was sent to jail on a reckless endangerment charge, while Ronald and two other siblings are now under the care of the Department of Human Services.
Sources: The Smoking Gun, KATV / Photo credit: Union County Sheriff's Office via Independent Journal