Thursday, October 20, 2011
The black mother who was charged with forcing her four-year-old son to drink beer in a playground and giving her ten-month-old daughter cocaine has pleaded guilty
Juliette Dunn, 29, has accepted charges of risk of injury to a child under the Alford Doctrine, where the defendant doesn't agree to the facts but agrees the state has enough evidence to win a conviction. Her co-accused, 33-year-old fellow African-American Lisa Jefferson, pleaded guilty to the same charges. Dunn was arrested after she was seen ordering her son to chug a 40-ounce bottle of beer in a public park and officers found a baby bottle that smelt of alcohol next to her daughter. When questioned by social workers, the four-year-old boy said that he liked Natural Ice beer and Budweiser, but does not like the taste of Dog-Bite beer. Authorities took both children to a hospital to be tested for drugs and alcohol. The son tested positive for alcohol and the daughter for alcohol and cocaine. Dunn has admitted to giving her son a bottle of beer every day. Dunn said that she did not know how her ten-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine as she does not breast feed her.