A 10-month-old baby boy in Arkansas was suffering from extremely painful gums. His mother, 28-year-old Lori Sheppard, was unsure what to do. She chose the wrong thing.

She asked her mother what she should do, and she told her to rub some alcohol on his gums – meaning rubbing alcohol. Apparently, Lori took this to mean, “Load up his bottle with booze” because that’s precisely what she’s alleged to have done; bourbon, to be exact.

She then placed the tiny tot into a playpen and left the residence for a short time. When she returned, she claims, the baby was unconscious and unresponsive. She rushed toward the hospital and authorities were contacted on the way. An ambulance met them along the way, and the boy was airlifted from there.

He had a .19 blood-alcohol content.

Lori was arrested and charged with child endangerment and aggravated assault. She initially denied everything before finally confessing.

She insisted that he ‘was fine before she placed him in the playpen’.

He was treated for several days before being released into the custody of child welfare workers.

Ms. Sheppard has been booked into jail on the felony charges, and her bond has been set at $10,000.


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