A new mother is facing criminal charges including possible jail time after her baby was born drunk.
UK’s The Mirror reports that a 24-year-old new mother had a baby born drunk after she collapsed during an apparent binge drinking marathon very late in her pregnancy. It gets better. She had passed out drunk at an off-license in Tomaszow, Poland, while she was trying to buy more booze.
Surgeons were then forced to perform an emergency caesarean to save the baby, and the mother’s life.
The poor baby was born clinging to life. It had several alcohol poisoning due to the excess levels of the intoxicant in the mother’s blood. In fact, the blood alcohol level of the Polish baby born drunk was 23 times the legal limit.
“The unborn baby was in severe danger of being poisoned to death,” said hospital spokesman Wojciech Zawalski. “When he came out his heart was barely beating and he had 4.5g of alcohol in his blood.”
You don’t really need us to tell you how bad 23 times the legal BAC is for normal people, but for clarification, the driving limit in Poland is 0.2g.
The baby was also two weeks premature, and is recovering in an intensive care incubator. He is also being weened off alcohol.
Police and other authorities are currently thinking of pursuing charges against the mother for endangerment of an unborn child.
“The matter is under investigation,” said a police spokesman.
So far as we know right now, the mother has nothing to say for herself, but we’ll let you know if that changes.
What do you think should happen to the mother of the Polish baby born drunk?
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