ERLANGER, Ohio -- Police in Erlanger, Ohio said a man gave his 2-year-old stepdaughter enough booze to test three times above the legal limit for blood alcohol.
Police said they were called in when the girl was brought unresponsive to St. Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday.
Officers said medical workers determined that the girl had a blood alcohol content of .25 percent.
She was transported to Children's Hospital for treatment. Police said the level of alcohol in the girl's system could have killed her.
Investigators said when the girl's mother came home from work at about midnight Friday, she said she went to kiss her daughter on the cheek and knew something was wrong.
"She noticed something was obviously wrong with the child and took her to the hospital," Lt. Kevin Gilpin said.
Police said they talked to the stepfather, Raymond Jackson, 23, who admitted that he encouraged the girl to drink a mixture of gin and iced tea.
Jackson is charged with one count of criminal abuse. He is being held on $10,000 bond.
The girl's condition has not been released. Police said the couple's 6-month-old was also home at the time but there is no indication that the child was given alcohol.
According to police, the mother of the children, Amanda Jackson, was granted emergency custody and a restraining order has been taken out against Raymond Jackson.
"To me, that's attempted murder. That's no different than shooting a child or shooting someone else. It's uncalled for," neighbor Vicki Martin said.
Neighbors are dumbfounded after learning about the incident. Martin works at a hospital and worries the girl may see permanent damage.
"I hope she survives; I hope she makes it. It's probably going to damage her," Martin said.
Medical staff said the .25 alcohol level could cause long-term damage in a developing toddler.
Gilpin said, "They tell you this is a physical injury to this child and certainly this could actually cause death."
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