Mom charged after child drinks vodka she allegedly stashed in sippy cup

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CONNEAUT, Ohio (WJW) -- A local mom is facing criminal charges after her 23-month-old son consumed alcohol.

Investigators said the trouble for an Ashtabula County woman began when she took her toddler to a Friday night football game at Conneaut High School.

Andrew Mucciarone, 30, smuggled a sippy cup filled with vodka into the stadium, police said. Her son thought the cup was his and began drinking from it.

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A family member discovered what happened and rushed the boy to University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center, where concerned medical staff called police.

"About a child that had come in, reported falling down and kept tripping. Wasn't able to stand up," Police Chief Michael Colby said.

Mucciarone was charged with child endangering. On Tuesday, she pleaded not guilty.

"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," Colby said.

The Ashtabula County Children Services removed the 23-month-old and placed him in the care 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.

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