When I was traveling once for business, I arranged for a limo service to take me from the airport to the conference I was attending. I arrived in Chicago at 8am, settled into the back seat of my ride, and poured myself some water from a decanter in the sidebar. “Um, sir,” the driver asked politely, “what are you doing?”
“Uhhh…getting a drink of water,” I replied nervously. I was 22, and green in business travel. Should I have tipped the driver before drinking? Were you not supposed to drink the water in Chicago?
He chuckled. “That’s not water, sir. That’s vodka.”
I sniffed it and, sure as shit, he was right. Being a virtual tea-totaler at the time, I didn’t drink anything until I got to the conference. But damn, it would have made the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America waaaaay more interesting.
Given that, I can almost believe 19-year-old Sarah Smith of Denver, Colorado, who claims that she had no idea her boyfriend’s “water bottle” contained vodka when she used it to mix her three-month-old daughter’s formula. Kristina Delaroche damn near died after spiking a blood alcohol content of .384, which is 20 Irishmen times the legal limit in Colorado. But it doesn’t add up. At the very best, boyfriend Ryan Delaroche (the baby’s father) sounds like a total, absolute, irresponsible dick. First off, who walks around – nay, DRIVES around – with a water bottle full of vodka?! He was in the store buying diapers, and mom and baby were in the car, when the incident happened. Second, police report that Superdick dropped the mom and baby off at the hospital and drove off. Way to represent, homes. Your child is potentially dying, and you leave to…what? Cover your ass? Dispense of the evidence? Your ass should have been in that hospital with them. There was nothing more important that you had to be doing at that moment. Nothing.
The El Paso Department of Human Services has custody of the girl while they sort this mess out. I’m not buying this was an “accident”. At best, it was gross negligence. What about you guys? Do you think this was an innocent mistake…or something more?
(Hat tip: Karen Rani)