Skip to comments.PD: Phoenix Mom Arrested For Giving Child Beer in Sippy Cup
Posted on 07/05/2012 9:42:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Phoenix woman was arrested and charged with child abuse after police said she put beer into her 2-year-old son's sippy cup at a pizza restaurant.
Valerie M. Topete, 36, is facing one count of child abuse after a witness called police and told them she saw Topete pour beer from a pitcher into the infant's cup and place it in front of the child on Tuesday in the 4900 block of East Ray Road.
The witness told police the child later fell from his seat, leading her to believe the boy was intoxicated.
Topete told police her son had been grasping for the pitcher and that she had put a "splash of beer" into her son's cup that contained apple juice, according to police. She told them it was "reverse psychology" to stop him from grabbing at the pitcher. The mother initially told officers the child did not drink from the cup, but later said the child may have drank the beer.
Officers said the cup had about 4 ounces of liquid with foam on the surface and a distinct odor of alcohol.
The boy was taken to Chandler Hospital as a precaution.
Child Protective Service was called to the hospital. Police said the father of the child, and the boy's two siblings, ages 4 and 8, who had also been at the restaurant, arrived at the hospital and the children were turned over to him.
That's alcohol abuse.
Always use proper glassware.
My dad used to let me sip the foam off of a mug of beer.
I was 6.
I think it’d take more than a few sips from an apple-juice/splash-of-beer to have any real effect on the child. Even with the smaller body-mass, that is a fair amount of dilution.
Take it from me - This is worth a click.
There’s a slideshow of mugshots at the link. It’s the most incredible collection of carney rejects you’d ever want to see. At one point I was asking myself if it was a put-on.
Then I just decided that social corruption and depravity was far more than I had supposed.
Red sippy cup ... I drink you up ... Let’s have a party! - Toby For Tots
OMGoodness, that was thoroughly depressing. I mean I know crazies and degenerates walk amongst us, but not fun to see it in bulk like that.
Beer in a sippy cup! Child’s play.
I (twice) put beer in my three-month-old baby brother’s bottle.
I cringe now when I think about it. But I was 11 and at the end of my sanity because he wouldn’t stop crying. Yes, it worked, he shut up.
I do know that both times I knew it was wrong.
No, he doesn’t drink at all. Never did. Thank you Lord.
I need more guns.
Ah, talk about memory lane!
I was two.
I know ‘cause I remember the photos and home movies, lol.
YOW! I’m gonna have nightmares tonight.
Check in the closet and under the bed first and hold onto your cell phone while you are having your nightmare.
Can’t say this didn’t cross my mind more than once on a long baby crying night while the wife was off at work. lol
Stupid as all heck but arrested for child abuse? That is as in potentially “lose your kids and go to jail” kind of child abuse?
And took the kid to the hospital as a precaution? Over 4 OUNCES of BEER?
Have we gone insane?
How much did the taxpayers invest in this circus before it was over? I’m sure it made great media, and a family is now destroyed over it.
We...ALL...need more guns.................and ammo.
There is a side of our current culture that is despicable. Cops and firefighters see that side of life all of the time, and I thank each and every one of them for their service, and for endeavoring to keep us safe, and “those” people off of the streets.
God love each and every one of them, and I pray for their safety and for their success.
“....the child may have drank the beer.”
Bad grammar. It should say “the child may have drunk the beer.” And this story was written by TWO journalists with bad grammar. You would think that one of them would have known the correct use.
Fortunately, I grew up in a saner time, otherwise my parents would have been thrown in jail, and I would have gone to a foster home.
As an aside, I recall a friend giving a bottle cap with a tiny bit of beer in it to a very small kitten. The kitten tasted it and jumped straight up in the air about a foot.
Why can’t people mind their own business.
I was about that age when I first tasted beer. I thought it was horrible and wondered why people drank it. A few years later I found out I liked it.
Way back when I lived in a shack in the woods wed have cookouts, families with small children, music and a keg of beer. One day we noticed several kids passing around a headless doll. Someone saw a kid filling the doll with beer from the keg.
The doll disappeared and we started guarding the keg.
The guy with this narrative looks charming “Russell Christopher Hofstad - Police said Russel Hofstad admited to using a butter knife to skin a cat.”
When i was a baby, born early and underweight, the pediatrician told my mother to give me beer. But that was during the late Boomer Years before people became PC!
Same here... and he was a combat pilot from the Second World War, an accomplished lawyer and had more common sense than these idiots out there today.
Good grief, what have we gotten ourselves into these days?
I wonder if they arrest journalists for malpractice?
Alcoholic beverages played an important role in Colonial America from the very beginning. The Puritans brought more beer than water on the Mayflower as they departed for the New World. While this may seem strange for Puritans viewed from the modern context, it should be understood that drinking wine and beer at that time was safer than water - which was usually taken from sources used to dispose of sewerage and garbage.
Their experience showed them that it was safer to drink alcohol than the typically polluted water in Europe. Alcohol was also an effective analgesic, provided energy necessary for hard work, and generally enhanced the quality of life.
For hundreds of years their English ancestors had consumed beer and ale. Both in England and in the New World, people of both sexes and all ages typically drank beer with their meals. (Emphasis added)
I’ve always thought overly strict alcohol laws lead to more substance abuse than might otherwise be the case.
I spent a year in France as an exchange student, and was impressed by their alcohol laws: Beer and wine legal at 16, hard liquor at 18. And the French teenagers who’d had experience with American teenagers all commented that they didn’t understand why American teenagers always wanted to drink and get drunk.
I should look up to see if anyone has done studies comparing drinking—alcoholism rates—in countries where alcohol is made into a forbidden fruit (like the US), versus where the attitude is more relaxed. Although it would be hard to control for all the cultural differences...
What a load of freaks...
Reminds me of the quote from the original Star Wars: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
It’s frightening to think that those “people” in the slide show walk among us and may even, in a drug-induced haze, vote for Obama again.
I remember a story a few years ago where a professor from the University of Michigan took his son to a Tigers game. His son was thirsty so he bought him a Mike's Hard Lemonade from a vendor, not realizing there was any alcohol in it. The father was arrested and spent a couple of days in jail, I think, even though a blood test showed no evidence of alcohol in his son's blood.
Wow, that’s... disturbing.
Howard Dean's kid?
Hai! Ahm Glung Gambull!"
YAAAAAAAUGH, I think so.
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