On Thursday, March 20, two women were arrested and charged with child endangerment. The baby’s mother Shadreon Sade Jefferson appeared in court yesterday.
According to ABC Local, Jefferson, 17, and her sister Shamara Batiste, 24, are accused of giving her one-year-old daughter shots of vodka. The child’s paternal grandmother stated that the two dropped the baby off and left her at her home.
She cited that the baby was moaning as if she were in pain. She could barely stand and began to “vomit violently.” Due to the baby’s condition, she called 911. Emergency personnel cited that the baby smelled of alcohol and was rushed to a local hospital.
The publication reports that the baby had a blood alcohol content of 0.268, which equates to more than three times the legal limit for adults. Doctors determined that the baby’s condition was a direct result of alcohol poisoning.
According to the police report, the baby mother stated that she had fallen asleep and left the baby with Batiste, the toddler’s aunt. When she woke up, she said that Batiste told her she’d given the baby vodka. Batiste also admitted to authorities that the child had taken at least six shots of alcohol. Police also noted that Batiste “laughed when speaking about the complainant consuming alcohol.”
While Batiste admitted to her actions, their neighbors are still quite flabbergasted by the entire incident. They insist that the two women aren’t careless people. “I see them every day and the baby is good, know what I’m saying? Taken care of, they always feed and take care of them,” said Dante Montgomery, the neighbor of Jefferson. Another unidentified neighbor also weighed in with the same sentiments.
“If they did give him vodka, they deserve the punishment they’re getting, but like I say, I can’t believe that they did it,” the unidentified neighbor said.
However, their confessions say otherwise. The toddler has now been placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother.
The publication reports that Jefferson and Batiste have both been charged with felony child endangerment. They have a bond that has been set at $10,000 a piece.
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