PD: Phoenix mom arrested for giving child beer in sippy cup - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

UPDATE

PD: Phoenix mom arrested for giving child beer in sippy cup

Valerie M. Topete Valerie M. Topete
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix woman was arrested and could face a charge of child abuse after police said she put beer into her 2-year-old son's sippy cup at a pizza restaurant.

Valerie M. Topete, 36, is facing one count of child abuse after a witness called police and told them she saw Topete pour beer from a pitcher into the infant's cup and place it in front of the child on Tuesday in the 4900 block of East Ray Road.

The witness told police the child later fell from his seat, leading her to believe the boy was intoxicated.

Topete told police her son had been grasping for the pitcher and that she had put a "splash of beer" into her son's cup that contained apple juice, according to police. She told them it was "reverse psychology" to stop him from grabbing at the pitcher. The mother initially told officers the child did not drink from the cup, but later said the child may have drank the beer.

Officers said the cup had about 4 ounces of liquid with foam on the surface and a distinct odor of alcohol.

The boy was taken to Chandler Hospital as a precaution.

Child Protective Service was called to the hospital. Police said the father of the child, and the boy's two siblings, ages 4 and 8, who had also been at the restaurant, arrived at the hospital and the children were turned over to him.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Top Stories

Sidebar: Arizona mug shots

SLIDESHOW:  Mug shots More>>

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Report: Barton said he'd go to Capitol Police over photo

    Report: Barton said he'd go to Capitol Police over photo

    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:12 AM EST2017-11-23 06:12:14 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:43 AM EST2017-11-23 16:43:12 GMT

    A published report says U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to U.S. Capitol Police for exposing his behavior.

    More >>

    A published report says U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to U.S. Capitol Police for exposing his behavior.

    More >>
  • Macy's parade rolls on with balloons, bands, security

    Macy's parade rolls on with balloons, bands, security

    Thursday, November 23 2017 12:32 AM EST2017-11-23 05:32:23 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:43 AM EST2017-11-23 16:43:10 GMT

    The parade will feature heavy security, including officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors, sharpshooters on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks poised as barriers to traffic.

    More >>

    The parade will feature heavy security, including officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors, sharpshooters on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks poised as barriers to traffic.

    More >>
  • Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

    Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 1:51 AM EST2017-11-22 06:51:40 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 11:34 AM EST2017-11-23 16:34:48 GMT

    Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among the doctor's victims.

    More >>

    Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among the doctor's victims.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly