A grandmother forced a 4-year-old to drink a massive amount of alcohol as the mother watched, resulting in the toddler's death, according to police.
On April 22, police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana announced the arrest of Roxanne Record, 53, and Kadjah Record, 28, in connection to the death of 4-year-old China Record, who authorities say had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.68.
To put it into perspective, Louisiana's blood alcohol concentration for legally being drunk is 0.8.
Police went to 12824 Wallis Street for the report of an unresponsive toddler. China Record died on scene, police say. During an investigation, officers learned that the grandmother forced the toddler to drink a bottle of whiskey while the mother watched.
Police believe the alcohol consumption caused the toddler's death.
The grandmother and mother were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on first-degree murder charges.
According to WAFB in Louisiana, the grandmother and mother were angry that the child may have drunk from the bottle of whiskey on the counter, so the Roxanne Record forced the child to drink the rest of the liquor in the bottle, which was possibly half full.
According to police, the toddler was forced to drink the bottle from her knees in the hallway, WAFB reports. The mother did not stop the grandmother from forcing the child to drink the liquor, police say.
Police say Roxanne Record said "she messed up" and "wanted to take full responsibility" for the child's death, WAFB reports. The grandmother also reportedly said "this went too far" and "she ruined everyone's lives."
According to WAFB, Kadjah Record admitted to seeing her mother leave the kitchen with teh bottle of liquor, which was empty when she returned. She reportedly saw the child unresponsive as well, but police say she gave inconsistent statements.