Iowa Mom Pleads Guilty in Drunk Toddler Case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City mother arrested after her 23-month-old son was found to be legally drunk has pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and neglect or abandonment charges.
Natasha Kriener was charged in February after doctors found the toddler had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent, above the state's legal limit of .08 percent. Police said the toddler's father had taken him to the hospital because he was crying and had poor balance.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that the 27-year-old Kriener pleaded guilty Monday. She had been set to go to trial in September, but failed to appear for a hearing and disappeared for nearly three months. She was arrested Nov. 1 on a warrant.
She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
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