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Meddling Mom Arrested After Drink She Made for Son's Bully Ends with 11-Year-Old Boy in Hospital: Cops

Texas Mother Allegedly Makes Gross Drink For Son to Give Bully: Police
Source: Bexar County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Jennifer Lynn Rossi allegedly made a 'gross drink' for her son to give to his bully, but the student ended up in the hospital, police said.

Mar. 10 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A Texas mother allegedly came up with a plan to get back at her son's bully — concoct a gross drink to give to the alleged tormenter. The plan, however, backfired and the child ended up in the hospital and the mother behind bars, according to authorities.

On March 5, deputies were called to Legacy Traditional School - Alamo Ranch in San Antonio for a sick child, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office announced.

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Once at the school, officials determined the sick 11-year-old boy was given a drink by a classmate in gym class.

The drink, which was inside a sports drink bottle, consisted of Gatorade, lemon juice, salt and vinegar, police said.

Shortly after the child consumed the drink, he started feeling nausea and had a headache.

Police determined the mother of the student who provided the drink, later identified as 45-year-old nurse Jennifer Lynn Rossi, allegedly concocted the drink to prevent her son’s drink from getting stolen at school by other students.

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While the contents of the drink were non-toxic, the incident resulted in the child being hospitalized. Other students also tried the drink and were checked by the school nurse.

Rossi was arrested and charged with injury to a child, officials said. She has posted bond and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in April.

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According to charging documents obtained by KENS, Rossi told police that she took full responsibility for the incident. She said, as a nurse, she knew it did not put the child in danger.

Authorities said the son was disciplined at school and the young victim is doing well.

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