An Arkansas mother is facing charges after her 10-month-old child was discovered unresponsive due to consuming whiskey.
Authorities say they arrested Lori Sheppard, 28, when they found her son with a blood alcohol level of 0.19. While the baby was originally transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the El Dorado News-Times reports he has since been released.
“During the interview she said that the child was teething and crying a lot. She said she tried everything but couldn’t get the child to calm down. So, she called her mother, and the mother suggested giving the baby some alcohol,” Sergeant Randall Gilbert told Arkansas Matters.
Sheppard reportedly rubbed whiskey on the infant’s gums to help reduce the pain of teething.
The child is currently in the care of Arkansas Department of Human Services, along with the mother’s other kids. Sheppard is facing several charges, including endangering the welfare of a minor and assault on a family or household member. The Union County woman is being held on $10,000 unsecured bond.