Girl, 4, dies after grandmother allegedly punished her by forcing her to drink whisky while mother watched.
Police were called to an address in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at around 11am on Thursday, April, 21, after receiving reports of an unresponsive child.
When they arrived, they found China Record, 4, dead at the scene from what appeared to be alcohol poisoning.
The little girl’s blood alcohol was measured at .680% – more than eight times the .08% legal driving limit for an adult in the state.
China’s siblings told officers that the girl had found a bottle of 80% proof Canadian Mist whisky and took a sip.
When her grandmother, Roxanne Record, 53, found out China had taken a sip of the alcoholic drink, she ordered her to kneel on the floor and finish off the rest of the bottle.
China’s mother, Kadjah Record, 29, stood by and watched, according to a police report.
When China became violently ill, her grandmother and motherplaced her in the bath, where she is believed to have died.
Neither woman sought medical care for China until after she had stopped breathing, the police report said.
Roxanne Record admitted that “she messed up” and told officers that she “wanted to take full responsibility” for China’s death.
She said she realised she had gone “too far”.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office said an autopsy confirmed that China’s cause of death was acute alcohol poisoning.
Dr. Ernest P. Chiodo, a physician, attorney and toxicologist based in Chicago told The Advocate: “Even if this was a full-grown adult, this is a fatal amount of alcohol,” said
Police Sergeant L’Jean McKneely told reporters that both Roxanne and Kadjah had been taken into custody.
Both women were formally arrested on the following morning, and charged with first-degree murder.
The investigation remains ongoing.