A 19-year-old Alabama man is behind bars for a potentially deadly concoction he made for his 10-month-old niece. He allegedly decided to add an extra ingredient to the infant's formula while babysitting, but things took a horrific turn when she ended up in the intensive care unit at Flowers Hospital.
According to the Dothan Eagle, Dontavian Lee McCree -- the baby's uncle and brother of the child's mother -- was arrested by the Dothan Police Department on Thursday, July 23. It has been reported that he allegedly spiked his niece's formula with alcohol.
Court documents revealed that the infant was left in the care of McCree for approximately eight hours from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m while the mother was at work. Dothan Police Investigator Cpl. Sean Morgan recently shared brief details about the circumstances surrounding McCree's arrest. "The mother had to go to work, and he was the babysitter," Morgan said. "The mother was at work and when she came home from work she noticed the baby wasn't acting normal."
The mother immediately rushed her infant daughter to the hospital, where she was placed in the intensive care unit. The investigation revealed an "unidentified type of alcohol was mixed in with the baby's powder formula." When questioned, McCree "freely admitted" to the heinous criminal act he committed. "There was no debate about him mixing it and all," Morgan said. "He was freely admitting he was the one who mixed the baby bottle and he was the only one there. Everything else came down to intent."
According to Gulf Live, the infant ingested the alcohol through her bottle, but it is still unclear why McCree gave the child alcohol in the first place. At this point, it is also unclear what time the infant ingested the alcoholic beverage and how long she suffered before the mother arrived. However, recent reports have indicated that the infant's condition has improved.
McCree has been charged with one count of felony torture child abuse. He is currently being held in the Houston County Jail on a $15,000 bond.
Although McCree's actions are completely inexcusable, many people are totally unaware of how even the smallest adjustments to infant formula can be detrimental to a baby's health. As previously reported on Inquisitr, one Georgia couple is now facing murder charges for diluting their infant's formula with water. Although most people would consider water a relatively healthy component for a diet, it can be deadly when given to an infant in large amounts.
[Image via Dothan Police Dept.]