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Mom Thinks Alcohol Smell on Son Leaving Daycare Is From a Baby Wipe — Then He Passes out Drunk

Mom Thinks Alcohol Smell on Son Leaving Daycare Is From a Baby Wipe — Then He Passes out Drunk

A Maryland woman, who has operated a licensed daycare for the last 18 years, called a boy’s mother when he fell over “pale and limp” in his chair April of last year.

According to charging documents obtained by FOX 5, the toddler was acting normally when he was dropped off at Doris Ott’s home in Maryland, but around 3:45 p.m. he wouldn’t wake up from his nap.

The child’s mother rushed her son to the hospital and found he was drunk.

She told investigators there were three days in the previous week where she thought he smelled of alcohol after leaving daycare but assumed the smell was from hand sanitizer or baby wipes.

Frederick News-Post reports, doctors also smelled alcohol on the child’s breath and a blood test revealed his alcohol level was .203, nearly three times the legal limit for an adult to drive.

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Detectives say they found spiked seltzer in the basement, but Ott told police the boy couldn’t have accessed it and she wasn’t drinking.

The woman lost her daycare license last year and was charged Tuesday in connection with the toddler’s alcohol intoxication.

Detective Michael Toste said:

“She said that she was the sole person alone with the children at the day care that day.

So as far as what happened, that would be up to her to tell us, and she hasn’t done so yet. … You always hope that you get from them a when, what, why and how, but it doesn’t always work out that way.”

Ott “vehemently” denied the allegations.

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Her attorney said:

“Mrs. Ott ran a successful daycare facility in the Walkersville community for 18 years. She provided a safe environment in her own home, caring deeply for every child entrusted to her care. She has a whole community that stands with her. Mrs. Ott is completely innocent and has been cooperative from the start.

Charging Mrs. Ott was wrong. We look forward to attacking this in court.”

The woman was charged with neglect of a minor and reckless endangerment.

According to detectives, she hasn’t provided an alternative explanation of how the toddler became drunk under her care.

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      • Did you read the story? The child was fine when she dropped him off. He wouldn’t wake up after his nap at 3:45. How on earth can you think the Mother had anything to do with it?

        • She MIGHT have given the child the booze right after she picked him up. There was a case in the news a little while back where a woman had booze in a baby’s bottle and was drinking from it so as to hide it. Plus the baby whips do NOT smell like alcohol!

          • No the daycare called her early to pick him up cause he wouldnt wake from his nap he hadnt been in the mothers care for hours.

      • Maybe the kid was too much to deal with and she gave him some to calm him down. If it was the mom, the daycare worker would have reported it immediately. It doesnt matter if she’s been in business for 18yrs. Maybe she finally got caught? You can’t tell me that you wouldn’t notice a kid drunk. This story doesn’t add up and I’m not a detective, so just trying to think outside the box.

        • You are on the right track. Not the first time babysitters drugged children they were watching and it won’t be the last. The reason being the kids sleep all day and sitter has little work in truly caring for them and she gets paid. Very sad and dangerous to the children.

  • I read the report it said there was a case of seltzer spiked with alcohol in the basement of the day care place. So how did the mother have. Anything to do with this????

  • The inmates do this in the jail.they drink the hand sanitizer that is left on the counter when they go see the doctors in the hospital. This is a fact ask department of Correction.

  • The inmates are using it to get high off the hand sanitizer it has alcohol in it.So you can’t leave it out.Ask any department of Correction that’s nothing new.

  • The inmates are using it to get high off the hand sanitizer it has alcohol in it.So you can’t leave it out.Ask any department of Correction that’s nothing new.

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