Intoxicated baby hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

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A 1-year-old Erie child hospitalized on Wednesday with a blood-alcohol content of 0.289 was transferred today to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, officials said.

The girl, who has not been named, is in good condition, according to Erie police Lt. Stan Green.

"There is an ongoing investigation. No charges yet," said Lt. Green.

Police said the girl's mother, who works nights, left the girl in her home with a caregiver whose identity has not been released. After the mother came home in the morning, the girl fell and suffered a laceration, leading the mother to bring her to Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie.

A doctor at Saint Vincent noticed that the girl was behaving unusually, and conducted a blood test. When the result came back as more than three times the state's legal limit for driving, the hospital called the police.

"We've questioned the mother and a friend," said Lt. Green. He said that Erie County's Office of Children and Youth has placed the girl in foster care during the investigation.

The girl was moved to Children's Hospital because Saint Vincent does not have pediatric expertise.

A Children's Hospital spokeswoman had no information.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.


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