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Baby Given Vodka In His Bottle?

Here's the story as it was told to Eyewitness News by family members: They say for some reason, a two year-old was put in charge of fixing a bottle for his or her nine month-old little brother. But instead of just pouring milk in, the two year-old added straight vodka!!

On Thursday night, instead of being home in his crib, the baby is was at LeBonheur hospital fighting to survive.

“There is some concern that there was some alcohol involved.”

DCS officials couldn't reveal how much alcohol was actually in the baby's system. But to give you an idea of how little it would take to have an impact, check this out: A 200-pound person would be drunk after about six ounces of straight vodka. For a nine month-old baby, it would only take about a half an ounce to be over the legal limit. And just two and a half ounces would be enough to put the baby in a coma or even kill him!!

The family members who first told Eyewitness News about the vodka in the bottle didn't want to go on camera. But they say the baby's mother is often drunk and leaves her 6 kids, including the nine month-old, with other people. Also according to them, the mother was on a date Saturday night and left the kids with relatives.

“He was taken to the hospital on Saturday after he was at a relative's home where he was being babysat, there was some concerns about his safety and well being there.”

And state officials do say there may be more to this than just one incident with the vodka in the bottle, which is why they've taken serious action.

“All of the children in the family have been placed with a relative at this point in time and of course our investigation is ongoing and continues.”

Now they just have to sit and hope that they weren't too late, that the little boy will make it out of the hospital alive and well.

DCS officials wouldn't tell us the names of the mother or the baby involved here. Family members did give Eyewitness News those names, but we've decided not run them until the investigation is complete. The DCS investigation could take up to 60 days. Officials there say they are working with Memphis Police on this linkscase

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