Lynn woman accused of giving margarita to toddler
SALEM, Mass. — A Lynn woman was arrested after allegedly letting her 2-year-old daughter drink from a glass of margarita and pouring some of the cocktail into the child’s sippy cup, officials said.
Sheldy Nelson, 41, pleading not guilty at her arraignment in Salem District Court Thursday to charges of reckless endangerment of a child and providing liquor to a person under 21, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office.
Bail was set at $1,000 and Nelson was ordered to remain alcohol free, submit to random screenings, and abide by the orders of the Department of Children and Families, the state’s child protection agency, Monahan said.
The incident allegedly occurred in August at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites, said police Lieutenant Marc Berube.
A hotel employee saw Nelson order a margarita and allegedly share some with her toddler and pour it into the girl’s cup, Berube said. When the employee asked her to stop, Nelson said she was only trying to get ice into her daughter’s cup.
Both mother and daughter needed medical attention and were taken to a hospital, Berube said. He would not say what made them ill.
The Department of Children and Families took custody of the daughter in August and she remains in state custody, the agency said.