• Indiana woman accused of neglect after 2-year-old grandson drinks peach schnapps

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Indiana woman is accused of child neglect after police said her 2-year-old grandson drank enough peach schnapps to send him to a hospital.

    Chantell Meriwether, 42, of Evansville, was booked Thursday into the Vanderburgh County Detention Center, the Evansville Courier & Press reported.

    According to an affidavit from the Evansville Police Department, the toddler's mother dropped the boy off with Meriwether, who is her mother. When the woman picked up the boy later in the day, she noticed he was incoherent, WFIE reported. She called for an ambulance after arriving at her home, according to the Courier & Press.

    Paramedics determined the child had been drinking alcohol, the newspaper reported. When police officers went to Meriwether's home, she said she had been doing laundry while the child was asleep.

    According to police, Meriwether admitted there was a bottle of alcohol "tucked in between her bed and bed frame," the Courier & Press reported. She told officers the boy "must have found the bottle and drank some of the alcohol," according to the police affidavit.

    Police said the boy drank about 2 to 4 ounces of peach schnapps, WFIE reported.


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