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Dangers of Drunk Parenting – Couple Arrested in Michigan

By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A 30-year-old woman and 52-year-old man were arrested in Ypsilanti, Michigan after authorities found the couple pushing a baby stroller holding two young boys with containers of alcohol and a bayonet inside the stroller. A statement by police said that police were called after the woman was observed trying to remove a bicycle off of a porch at 1:30 a.m, Friday, July 2. The two boys were 1-year and 4-years-old. The officers described the weapon as a “double-edged bayonet.” the children were turned over to a relative and charges are pending. To read more on this story see Drunken couple arrested, alcohol and a bayonet were found inside the couple’s stroller.

Alcohol affects the portions of the brain that control judgment. A principal effect of alcohol is to slow brain activity, resulting in slurred speech, slowed reaction time, blurry or impaired vision and hazy thinking. Children should be in the care of responsible, competent adults and should never be around weapons of any sort. If you keep dangerous weapons in your home or have license to carry them, you need to ensure these weapons are completely inaccessible to children. Children are very vulnerable and adults, parents, caretakers, daycare providers, etc. have the duty to protect children from harm – constant, alert and competent supervision without impaired senses is a must.