Hurry Up And Down That Thing, Kid – That Beer Ain’t Gonna Drink Itself! Mother Arrested After Drinking With Her 4-Year-Old Son At A Bar.

Posted on August 29, 2012

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South Carolina (The Gaslamp Post) – There is a new contender for the coveted Gaslamp Post’s, “Mother Of The Year” award.  A 44-year-old mother was arrested after she was observed sitting in a bar this past Saturday night, giving her young child “shots” of beer.

Police were called after a patron of the bar noticed the woman, now identified as Gretchen Lynn Kinnear (pictured left), giving alcohol to a young child and notified the bar’s management.  After both the manager and a waitress had asked the woman politely to stop giving the child alcohol, she was again observed giving the child drinks of beer.

The responding officer was able to locate the woman and had questioned her about her actions.  Kinnear reportedly told the officer that she had only fed two “shots” of beer samples to her son.  According to the arrest report, the officer removed Kinnear from the bar and read her, her rights, which she reportedly waived in order to tell the nice officer about her drinking wine one to two times per week at her home, and at times offers some to her son to imbibe.

Investigators learned after speaking to Kennear’s son that his mother occasionally gives him “tea,” which makes him both dizzy and laugh.

Kennear reportedly told officers that the purpose of said libations were not in order to make him drunk or keep him quiet, which raises the question of what exactly IS a good reason for providing alcohol to one’s 4-year-old child.

Her son was placed with a couple which routinely babysits him, and his mother was booked into York County Jail on the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  She was later released on $3000 bond.

(h/t:  The Smoking Gun)