April 10, 2011
The mother of 15-month-old toddler is upset after restaurant staff gave her child alcohol in his sippy cup.
According to AOL News, the incident occurred at an Applebee’s restaurant in Madison Heights outside Detroit, MI after Taylor Dill-Reese ordered her son Dominic a kid’s meal with apple juice as the drink. Restaurant staff served their drinks and the child began acting strange, talking to walls and laying his head on the table. Dill-Reese thought he was just tired. When he would not eat his food, she became suspicious, tasted her son’s drink and found it a margarita instead of apple juice.
Dill-Reese notified the Applebee’s manager and demanded he do something. He apologized and replied he did not know what to do.
The police were called and the child transported to the hospital, where tests revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .10, legally drunk for an adult.
“Obviously any situation like this is unacceptable and we take it very seriously. We are working with local authorities and conduction our own investigation so we can assess exactly what happened,” said an email to clickondetroit.com from Applebee’s corporate office.
Clickondetroit.com reports that doctors think Dominic will recover, but could have died if he had drunk the entire cup served to him.
The incident may have occurred when employees mislabeled the margarita mix as apple juice.