Mother Arrested For Giving Wine To Baby

She says she was just trying to put her baby to sleep, but a mother's method got her arrested at the state fair.

The sheriff's department in Jefferson County says Kathryn Bowen bought a cup of wine at the horse show at Freedom Hall, but Bowen apparently didn't intend to drink it, or drink all of it.

Two police officers were watching nearby.

"The deputy and the corrections officer observed her remove the bottle from a bag, uncap the bottle, place the contents of the glass into the bottle and then handed it to the baby who then proceeded to consume it," said Major Chris Hancock of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Officers quickly arrested Bowen.

She's charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a misdemeanor.


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  • by Star Location: AZ on Jul 17, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Even small amounts of alcohol can be harmful to a young child and trigger the receptors that can make you an alcoholic later in life, not to mention wreak havoc on tiny livers. I guarantee that if this child's pediatrician had found this before the police they would called Children's Services. As they should. Nice, beautiful woman or not, that is dangerous! The article even says that she FILLED the bottle with it! The smallest bottles I've ever used are 4 ounces and that is more than enough wine to permanently damage that baby's organs.
  • by jed Location: kansas city on Sep 1, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    I know this woman. She is a wonderful lady, and her baby was given back the next day as the civil case was dismissed. There was no substance found in the infant, and the media should be ashamed of finding someone guilty before gathering all of the facts. This is a beautiful woman, and that is why they were watching her. She is also a giving, loving individual who has donated money and time to charity. too bad there aren't more people like her is this world.
  • by Bubba Johnson Location: Stanford on Aug 23, 2008 at 04:17 PM
    The mother is probably a democrat: dumbed-down and ignorant.
  • by Mom Location: KY on Aug 23, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Certainly sounds like the baby was used to drinking doesn't it. Mike , I agree with you-she could give the baby one of HER cigarettes and HER food stamp card-I'm sure she has them both to go with her wine.
  • by Bill on Aug 23, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    This is a reason to jail some one??Its her baby not yours,or some bisy bodies.Show me a Democrat Bap. and I'll show you a nose in some one else's crack.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:23 PM
    ALISH IN CARLISLE: IF THEY HAD SAID ANYTHING TO HER BEFORE SHE LET THE BABY HAVE IT, IT WOULD HAVE DIED ON THE COURTHOUSE LAWN. I HALF WAY DECENT ATT. WOULD HAVE GOT THAT DIMISSED IN A HEARTBEAT. BUT NOW NOT MUCH ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT. SHE WILL GET CONVICTED ON IT. TO ANY STUPID MORON THAT THINKS IT IS OK FOR BABIES TO DRINK WINE: THEY NEED TO HAVE THERE KIDS REMOVED BY SOCIAL SERVICES TOO. YOU PEOPLE ARE STUPID. ITS THE ONES LIKE YOU THAT LEAVE THERE KIDS IN HOT CARS. ANYONE WHO THINKS THIS IS OK IS JUST PLAIN DUMB. MIKE YOU ALSO HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!!LOL
  • by Jessica Location: Richmond on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    I agree with Chris in Baghdad. Enough said.....
  • by whitney Location: paris on Aug 22, 2008 at 06:06 AM
    She should go to jail you dont give a child alcohol.
  • by AJ Location: Morehead on Aug 22, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    There are better ways to soothe a baby's gums than the use of wine. If she can afford a cup of wine at the State Fair she can afford teething gel!
  • by Ellen Location: Frankfort on Aug 22, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    No infant should be given alcohol to consume no matter what uneducated old wives remedy has been used in the past. Products are made to soothe the pain babies go through when teething. Even a drop of vanilla extract on a Q-tip can be rubbed on sore gums to numb the pain but anyone who gives a baby alcohol to drink needs parenting classes immediately.
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