Authorities say that a Georgia dad passed out after drinking, and his 3-year-old son drank a nearly fatal amount of alcohol.
The 20-year-old father was found by a family member on Saturday around 7 p.m. Marcus Daniel Allen was unconscious in his bedroom while his toddler was acting strange and smelled of liquor. The unidentified member of the family called authorities, and when police arrived to the home, they became aware that the boy had been sipping from his father’s drink.
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The child was then rushed to the local hospital and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for an adult. As New York Daily News shares, Jay Parrish, the Gainesville Police Deputy Chief, commented on the scenario he came upon.
“Had the child ingested more alcohol, it could have been fatal. I think it could have been a lot worse had they not come home when they did.”
Allen was taken to the hospital as well, where he was charged with a felony count of cruelty to children and additional counts of reckless conduct, obstruction, and underage consumption of alcohol, as he is not yet 21. The man is being held in Hall County Jail without bond.
11Alive reports, based on police information, that when Allen was approached by authorities, he attempted to escape into the parking lot.
Parrish added his thoughts on the matter.
“I think it just goes to show that to parent and raise a child, we have to be highly vigilant at all times, and have to put the children first and our behavior second, for their well being,”
The name of the child can not be released, however, the toddler is expected to survive.
Incidents where alcohol impairs the abilities for adults to parent correctly happen too frequently. In another incident last month, two children were forced to dial 911 when their drunken father took them out for a drive. The children shared that they were fearful for their lives, as KMOV.com reports.
“Two children are speaking about a frightening moment last month when their father took them on a ride in his vehicle while he was drunk. They were so scared, they dialed 911. ‘When a car passed, you could hear how close it was,’ said 12-year-old Ethan Behrens of the dangerous ride. ‘You could hear how the metal was.'”
The children, Ethan and Mackenzie, shared that their dad was taking them on a trip, but they did not want to go anymore because of his condition.
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“We told him, ‘We don’t want to go anymore, because you are drunk and I don’t want to die.'”
The two children shared that this wasn’t the first time their father had attempted to take them somewhere while under the influence, but that this was the first time that they were fearful enough to make an emergency text to the police.
“‘The next time he swerves, send the text,’ Ethan remembered telling Mackenzie. ‘And he swerved again, so I pushed send,’ she said. The text sent police on a hunt to find the rental car they were in before they made it onto the interstate.”
The incident led to police having to track the children’s father down. Ethan relayed their father’s response to their urges to get him to stop and comply with the police.
“He’s like, ‘I’m not drunk,’ Ethan said. ‘And then he kept on driving, and that’s when the point where I got really, really scared and I just started praying a lot. Yeah, a lot,’ Mackenzie said.”
Ethan and Mackenzie finally convinced their dad to pull over at a Burger King when the cops caught up with them.
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