ERIE, Pa. (June 18, 2014) A Pennsylvania mother was arrested June 18 for allegedly giving her 13-month-old daughter a sippy cup filled with vodka, authorities said.
Jessica Bachmaier, 26, showed up at a hospital in May with her drunk toddler, and the child was hospitalized with a blood-alcohol content of 0.289 percent. That’s more than 3 1/2 times more than the legal level of intoxication in Pennsylvania.
Bachmaier claimed a friend might have accidentally given the girl vodka and went on TV to defend herself. After an investigation, Erie police charged the mom with endangering the child and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
The young mom told police she gave the girl water and some baby formula, but police say they believe she put liquor in the child’s sippy cup.
Bachmaier’s daughter has since recovered. Authorities say they’re still investigating the friend’s possible involvement.