A Mother in Florida Faces Up to 30 Years in Jail After Recording Daughter Licking Tongue Depressor at Doctor’s Office, Putting it Back
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A mother in Florida could face up to 30 years in prison after she recorded and posted a video of her daughter licking a tongue depressor at a doctor’s office and then putting it back with the unused depressors.
Thirty-year-old Cori Ward went with her daughter to the All About Kids and Families Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. While there, her daughter licked a tongue depressor in the office and then replaced it where it could be used again on an unsuspecting patient. Ward recorded the entire thing and posted it to Snapchat on Tuesday.
She was arrested Thursday.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Department of Corrections, Ward is not eligible for bond and could face a maximum sentence of 30 years. While 30 years may seem steep for something like this, germs on a tongue depressor could be extremely harmful or fatal for another patient who was immunocompromised.
Ward was charged with “tampering with consumer product without regard for possible death/bodily injury.”
In a now-deleted Facebook post documented by WTLV-TV, Ward said that the video “doesn’t show that the items were thrown away or anything else that happened.”
She also claimed that she had not intended for the video to be part of an internet “challenge or whatever,” and that one of her “20-something friends” must have “allowed another person to video” record the Snapchat video she sent.
The stunt that Ward and her daughter pulled echoes a disturbing trend of people contaminating products and then putting them back on store shelves.
This seems to have started with a teenager who recorded herself opening a tub of Bluebell ice cream in a Texas Walmart, licking the ice cream, and then closing the tub and replacing it in the display. Police tracked her down, but declined to press charges after discovering that she was a minor.