4-Year-Old Dies After Grandma Forces Her To Drink Whiskey

4-Year-Old Dies After Grandma Forces Her To Drink Whiskey

The girl's blood alcohol content was 0.680 percent.

Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic details that readers may find distressing.

Louisiana police are investigating the death of a four-year-old girl who died after her family forced her to drink from a bottle of alcohol, according to police. It is believed that the bottle was more than half full. CNN reports the child's blood alcohol content was 0.680 percent, a "lethal dosage," as per the arrest warrant. The girl's mother Kadjah Record, 28 and grandmother Roxanne Record, 53 have since been arrested. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for first-degree murder.



According to CBSDFW.COM/AP, the child's name is China Record and she was pronounced dead at the scene when cops arrived at the Baton Rouge home around 11:00 a.m. on April 21 after reports of an unresponsive child. CBS television affiliate WAFB obtained an arrest warrant that revealed that the women were upset because the little girl may have drunk from a bottle of whiskey in the house. In order to punish her, the grandmother allegedly forced the toddler to drink the rest of the alcohol that was in the bottle as the mother watched. 



The toddler died due to acute alcohol poisoning, an autopsy found, according to The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office. The little girl had a blood-alcohol level of 0.680 percent, more than eight times the 0.08 percent driving limit for an adult, authorities said. According to a University of Notre Dame chart, a level of .25 percent can cause alcohol poisoning, and anything above 40 percent can lead to a coma or death.



Roxanne Record reportedly expressed regret over the incident, telling authorities she “messed up” and “wanted to take full responsibility” for baby China’s death. “This went too far,” the grandmother reportedly said, before adding that she “ruined everyone’s lives.” According to the warrant, the child's mother Kadja Record admitted seeing her mother leave the kitchen with the bottle of alcohol and the bottle was empty when she returned. She said that she later saw the child had become unresponsive. Police said that the woman has given several inconsistent statements about the incident.

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The women were apparently angry with the child on Thursday because she "may have drunk from a Canadian Mist bottle" that was on a counter, the warrants said. The grandmother was the one who forced the girl "to consume the remainder of the bottle which was possibly over half full while on her knees in the hallway," the warrants said. The child's mother did not call for medical help until the child stopped breathing. First responders tried to perform lifesaving measures on the little girl but were unsuccessful. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services released the following statement about the case: We are devastated to hear the news of this child’s death. However, state law prevents our department from commenting on, or even acknowledging the existence of, a potential investigation of abuse or neglect involving a child. If there is an investigation, state laws make the entire process – from report to investigation to outcome – confidential. 


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