Having a drink or two can be a simple way to put your daily stresses behind you and relax.
While there's nothing wrong with an occasional drink, when your drinking interferes with your daily responsibilities, that's when the real trouble starts. When this woman from Blackpool, England, put her own inebriation above her duties as a babysitter, she put a child's life in danger.
When 44-year-old Julie Gill was supposed to be looking after a friend’s tiny baby, she began a night of binge drinking across the tiny resort town.
The night started with Gill at home drinking vodka before going out to a local pub to meet a friend. The two eventually left and continued on to a club a few blocks away. Gill carted the baby with her to the bars in her stroller.
Gill allegedly left the club around midnight but did not arrive home until almost 4 a.m. In a moment of inebriation, the woman pounded on a neighbor’s door because she could not find her house keys. The baby was nowhere in sight.
Later that morning, a dog walker found an abandoned stroller tipped upside down in the middle of Watson Road Park.
Gill’s belongings surrounded the buggy, but the man discovered the baby asleep without a coat, shoes, or a blanket, covered in scratches across her face and nose.
Police were able to pinpoint Gill's location and the woman was quickly arrested. She pleaded guilty to charges of child cruelty and a Preston Crown Court judged sentenced her to a year in prison.
Thankfully the child wasn't found dead, but I just don't understand how someone could be so careless.