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.
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.
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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