A 4-year-old girl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, supposedly took a drink of whiskey straight from the bottle that was sitting on the counter and it upset her grandmother. Her punishment? The grandmother allegedly forced the child to finish the half-full bottle of whiskey, as her mother stood by and did not stop it. In the end, the child died and now the grandmother and mother have been charged with murder, officials said.
On April 21, police say the two women became angry with the child after she “may have drunk from a Canadian Mist bottle” that was on the counter, CNN reported. Roxanne Record, 53, then forced the girl “to consume the remainder of the bottle which was possibly over half full while on her knees in the hallway,” according to authorities.
The child’s mother, 28-year-old Kadjah Record, was present during the incident, but did not try to intervene or stop her mother, police said. Nothing was done until the child stopped breathing, which is when Kadjah decided to seek medical help. When first responders arrived at the scene, they attempted to perform lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful.
When you force a 4-year-old child to drink half a bottle of whiskey, what do you expect? According to authorities, the girl’s blood alcohol content was 0.680%, or a “lethal dosage.” A University of Notre Dame blood alcohol concentration chart states a level of .25% can cause alcohol poisoning and anything higher than .40% can lead to a coma or death.
Roxanne Record talked with police and said “that she messed up and that she wanted to take full responsibility for the death of the victim,” CNN reported. Police added, “The defendant [Roxanne Record] stated that this went too far and that she ruined everyone’s lives,” but did not elaborate on that statement.
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Despite the grandmother wanting to take full responsibility for the child’s death, the police did not agree. Both the grandmother and the mother were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on first-degree murder charges, officials said.