Police: Mom gives toddler beer because he 'kept reaching' for pitcher

Police: Mom gives toddler beer because he 'kept reaching' for pitcher

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Phoenix mom Marie Topete was arrested after she allegedly put beer in her toddler’s sippy cup.

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by ABC NEWS

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 12:54 PM

(ABC NEWS) -- A Phoenix mom was arrested after she allegedly put beer in her toddler’s sippy cup and a witness claimed the child fell out of his chair in a possible state of intoxication.

Officers arrested Valerie Marie Topete, 36, after they were called to a Peter Piper restaurant in Phoenix by witnesses who said they saw the mother of three pouring beer into her 2-year-old son’s sippy cup.

“Witnesses further stated the child did drink from the cup after the suspected beer was poured and, at one point, the suspect left the child alone with the alcohol in the cup.”

Topete said she gave her son beer after he “kept reaching” for the pitcher on the table. She initially denied her son drank from the cup but later said it was possible he could have, police said in a statement.

Officers determined the contents of the cup were “consistent with beer” and arrested Topete on one count of child abuse.

Her son was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, police said.

Topete’s other two children, ages 8 and 4 years old, were released into the care of their father.

ABCNews.com was unable to reach Topete for comment.

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