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Baby in Hospital After Mom Put Bourbon in His Bottle

Lori Sheppard said she gave her teething baby bourbon to "soothe his gums."

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Teething is tough on babies, and the excessive crying that goes along with it can be tough on parents. Not gonna lie, I thought about testing out the old rub-some-bourbon-on-your-baby's-gums trick on more than one occassion. But an Arkansas woman took the idea to a scary new level when she allegedly poured hard liquor into her son's bottle to get him to stop crying—a move that landed him in the hospital with a blood alcohol level of .19, according to a Union County Sheriff's Office report.

The Smoking Gun reported that 28-year-old Lori Sheppard's son Ronald was rushed to a hospital emergency room last week after he was found limp and unresponsive in his playpen. Sheppard—who initially denied giving her baby alcohol—reportedly told the cops that Ronald was fine before she placed him in the playpen inside her family's trailer home. Eventually, though, she copped to putting bourbon in his bottle.

Apparently when Tylenol and Motrin did nothing to stop the child's crying, Sheppard turned to her mother for advice. Her suggestion? Rub a little alcohol on Ronald's gums. Why Sheppard decided to pour hard liquor directly into her son's bottle instead is anyone's guess, but the decision led to her arrest for child endangerment and aggravated assault. A judge set her bond at $10,000.

Luckily, little Ronald is now doing fine. He received local emergency room treatment before being airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, where he underwent treatment for several more days before being released into the custody of child welfare workers.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.