Baby hospitalized with blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WFLA) – An investigation is underway in Cleveland after a baby was admitted to the hospital with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit for driving.

The 7-month-old baby’s aunt had been babysitting the infant, according to a report.

The mother had dropped her daughter off before she left for work on Sunday morning. When she arrived to pick the child up, the mother said she was not acting normal.

A police report said the baby was unresponsive and limp when she arrived at the hospital around 8 p.m., reported.

Hospital staff initially thought the baby suffered an opioid overdose and gave the baby naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. They then found she had a .25 percent blood alcohol content.

The baby’s mother and aunt said they did not know how the alcohol got into the baby’s system. WKYC reported that another relative believed alcohol was put in the baby’s bottle so she would sleep because she was crying. 

Cleveland police and the department of children and families are investigating the incident.

Details have not been released about the baby’s condition.

The legal BAC for driving in Ohio is .08 percent.

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