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Woman Accused of Giving 9-Year-Old Gin
Thursday, September 06, 2007 5:13:00 PM

Police said a 9-year-old girl told them her grandmother poured her two drinks from a gin bottle while she was watching TV.

Bloomington Police Commander Jim Ryan said the girl remembers vomiting, hitting her head and blacking out about 1 p.m. Aug. 31. Ryan said the girl's mother was working a 12-hour shift at the time and was out of the house.

He said police suspect the grandmother gave the child the alcohol in hopes that she would pass out so the adult could go out for the night instead of babysitting.

"A lot could have happened with a kid left alone," Ryan said. "A lot could have gone wrong. She could have choked on her vomit. ... This is a horrendous case of child endangerment."

Police arrived at the apartment around 10 p.m. after getting an anonymous call that a child was given alcohol. Ryan said a portable breath test showed the girl had an alcohol level of .042 percent, about half the legal limit for driving, more than eight hours after drinking the gin.

The 47-year-old grandmother was being held in the Hennepin County jail on Thursday on $6,000 bail, according to the jail Web site.

The child was in the care of her mother.
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