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Grandmother charged after 4-year-old girl found with .159 BAC

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PLATTE COUNTY, MO — A 4-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after the child drank wine. Her grandmother is charged with child endangerment.

The charge was filed against her in Platte County court this week. Court records show the girl’s blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit for an adult to drive.

Investigators say grandmother Aretha A. McAdoo left a bag filled with wine from a box of wine sitting on a kitchen table right next to a glass of wine she poured for herself. Her 4-year-old grandchild drank the wine. Doctors say the child’s blood alcohol content was .159.

When an ambulance arrived at McAdoo’s home on Post Oak Lane in Platte County on Dec. 16 of last year, first responders found the child was at first unresponsive and then vomited.  “A 4-year-old was distressed. They thought she was possibly having a seizure,” First Assistant Platte County Prosecutor Mark Gibson said. “They were able to smell alcohol in the vomit. They took the child to Children’s Mercy Hospital.”

According to court documents, McAdoo was drinking and left her 4-year-old grandchild alone with wine long enough for the child to drink it. When emergency responders arrived at her home, they say the grandmother struggled to balance and slurred her words.

“I think it’s a real shame,” neighbor Jahi Sadiq-el said. “I think it shows a real lack of responsibility on whoever was in charge of taking care of that kid.”

Medical toxicologists at Children’s Mercy Hospital say less than a cup full of wine can be very problematic to a small child. With mild intoxication a child will be stumbling and confused. “With increasing severity children get more sleepy and can actually develop a coma and become unconscious and not breathe,” Children’s Mercy Medical Toxicologist Adam Algren said.

According to court documents, even though her grandson told her he saw the 4-year-old girl drink the wine, McAdoo did not tell emergency personnel.

Investigators say telling emergency crews that information would have ensured the child was treated properly. “She was in charge of the care, custody and control of the victim,” Gibson said.

Doctors say if a child ingests alcohol they have to monitor them until their body can metabolize the alcohol to make sure they don’t develop breathing issues. They say if parents are going to have alcohol in the home they must be certain children cannot accidentally ingest it.

McAdoo could face up to one year in jail if she is convicted of the child endangerment charge. She pleaded guilty to a driving while under the influence last year.

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8 comments

  • James Peters

    I am sure it was not intentional like the cops say it is. If it is the case, I would like to see the cops arrest all the mothers who have had alcohol during their pregnancies, but we dont have enough jail space for that. I think the law enforcement should pull their heads outa their azzes. on this case.

      • tired worker

        All of you people thinking arresting her is good, better never have your child fall, bump themselves that leaves broken bones or bruises. If fact I wouls tell you that you had better home school, never let them play ball, learn to ride a bike, swim, ski or anything that could cause a injury because who knows just turing your back once could put you in jail for child abuse. I am sure the grandmother did not expect the child to drink the wine. And unless you know she is a drunk Kenneth Briggs Wht don’t you just up with your stupid remark.

    • Mary J. Eakins

      James she was arrested last year driving under the influence of alcohol. Y
      our statement is not very intelligent to say the least. Hope you do not have children. Yes, she needs to be held responsible for putting this child in danger.

  • kit

    It’s not like the kid was going to drive and endanger others, as long as she was keeping an eye on the kid this is not a big deal at all.

  • tired worker

    In other wordsno child should be left alone, no matter what, if you got to go to the bathroom, take the child with you sleep with the child or children always have someone awake in case they wake up, At school someone should always stay with the children to make sure they don’t hurt themselves. Really How many kids fall and break bones, try jumping over curbs with bikes & skateboards.swing as high as they can and fall Children get into things, even when told not to. I am sure the grandmother is beating herself up for this . Charging her is stupid.

  • Lawrence Beerbower

    here is the reality the Grandmother at the time of the incident was indeed drunk. She had slurred speech which indicates she had been drinking enough she should not have been in charge of a child. she was not being responsible and enough time had elapsed that the child had ingested enough to pass out and become very sick. It is called alcohol poisoning and could have been fatal. It is negligence on the behalf of the Grandmother with irresponsible drinking and she should be held accountable for endangering the child. For if she had put it away it would not have been out for the child to get into in the first place.
    As an adult you have to be held accountable for your actions or lack of actions.
    The Grandmother has a history intoxication and driving and if you had done a bit of research you would have known this.
    Some people really never read an article and just love to spout off with about nothing more than a headline.