August 24, 2008
Kathryn Bowen - Mother Arrested After Filling Baby Bottle With Wine And Then Giving It To Baby. Says She Wanted Baby To “Sleep”
Louisville, Kentucky (The Weekly Vice) -- Kathryn Bowen, a 40-year-old Missouri woman has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after a police officer watched as she poured wine into a baby bottle and then allowed her 11-month-old daughter consume it.
According to police, Bowen had been attending the Kentucky State Fair on Monday when a Jefferson County Deputy and a corrections officer saw Bowen pour a cup of wine she had purchased into a baby bottle.
"The deputy and the corrections officer observed her remove the bottle from a bag, uncap the bottle, place the contents of the glass into the bottle and then handed it to the baby who then proceeded to consume it," said Chris Hancock of the Jefferson County Sheriffs Dept.
According to the arrest affidavit, Bowen admitted to authorities that she fed alcohol to her baby, but said she did so to help her sleep.
Bowen was arrested and then booked into jail. She was released on her own recognizance later the same day. She was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
Authorities say the baby has been temporarily placed in protective custody.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
I would have to say the scariest part of this whole incident is the fact that if she felt this comfortable with drugging up an 11-month-old right at a crowded fair ground, you have to wonder if this isn't a regular or semi regular event at home.
Baby won't fall asleep, so you just knock the kid out with a little wine.
As most people know, once any baby grows dependent on something (whether it be a nightly bottle or a nightly 'nightcap', it likely becomes a regular thing until you break the habit. Do you believe this is a one-time event?
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