Ohio mom charged after young son drinks vodka from sippy cup

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CONNEAUT, Ohio — An Ohio woman has been charged with child endangerment after she sneaked a sippy cup of vodka into a high school football game and her toddler son drank from it and became ill.

Thirty-year-old Andrea Mucciarone pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday in Conneaut Municipal Court.

The public defender assigned to represent Mucciarone said Wednesday he had no comment.

Police say Mucciarone brought the sippy cup and her 23-month-old son to a Conneaut High School football game Oct. 28 and a relative later noticed something wrong with the boy when he couldn't stand up. Police were called to a hospital where the toddler was treated.

"Well, it was poor judgement on behalf of the mom. I don't think that anything was done intentionally, but again, it was a bad decision to put the beverage in that type of container," Police Chief Michael Colby said.

Conneaut's police chief says the toddler has been placed in the custody of a relative.

"She knows she made a mistake and she's owning up to it, and she's doing what she can to make things right," Colby said.

If convicted, Mucciarone could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to FOX 8 Cleveland.

Conneaut is about 70 miles east of Cleveland.