Michelle Edwards, 32, a Pennsylvania mother, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison by a court, after she pled guilty to giving her 13-year-old daughter vodka shots during a birthday party, and then running off when the teen’s friends called an ambulance.
The woman’s four children were taken away by child services, while Edwards cried to a judge in court about how much she missed them.
Edwards had taken her 13-year-old daughter and a friend to buy liquor in honor of the preteen’s birthday. She then sat with them in the house as the two took shots of alcohol. The daughter drank 17 shots. When paramedics came to the rescue, they found that her blood has 32 times the legal limit in it.
The mother admitted to providing alcohol for her 13-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old girl after taking them to the liquor store on her daughter’s birthday, January 7. The mother stayed with the teens as they drank the alcohol with Younger in their Allentown home.
According to KDKA, police were called to the home around 10:30 p.m. that night for a report of an unconscious 13-year-old girl. When police and paramedics arrived, the parents were not home. The girl was reportedly rushed by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital before being flown by helicopter to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Doctors say that the teen’s blood-alcohol level was .32 percent, four times the legal limit to drive.
When Edwards pleaded guilty, she told the judge that she did not expect her daughter to drink so much of the vodka, adding that she thought she would have “maybe a little bit.” Younger told the judge that he fled the home when he heard sirens because he was afraid.
Both parents admitted to the judge that they did not seek medical help for their daughter.
According to Senior Deputy District Attorney Anna-Kristie Marks, Children and Youth has been called to investigate the family more than 10 times. She added that Edwards was free on bail following her arrest, but was later sent back to jail because she was using heroin.