Charges dropped against mom breastfeeding her baby while drinking

breastfeedingAn Arkansas mother was arrested and charged with jeopardizing the welfare of her baby after she was caught boozing and breastfeeding baby at the same time. However, the woman, identified as Tasha Adams, was later released and now the charges are dropped against her.

The incident occurred last November when the 28-year-old mother of three went to the Gusano’s Restaurant in Conway with her family for dinner. While Adam was eating pizza with her parents, her young infant daughter was breastfeeding.

Adam’s arrest came after an off-duty waitress informed police authorities that she was drinking excessively while breastfeeding her eight-month-old daughter. Two police officers then came into the restaurant and arrested Adams.

The waitress, named Jackie Conners, told ABC News’ “20/20” that she was disturbed by what she witnessed.

“They looked like they were having a good time, just drinking,” the waitress, who is also a mother, told ABC. “Things started getting louder and louder, and then the baby started getting fussy.”

She continued: “There were several drinks in front of her, about … two or three drinks in front of her already, when I got there. I watched the bartender make them, looked like Long Islands. But regardless if it was that or not, then it was strong liquor that was in those glasses.”

On the contrary, Adam told ABC that she only had two beers. “We had a pizza, and then we had a big old thing of spinach dip,” Adams admitted. “Then, I had a beer with that, and then I had another one later on after.”

Adam and her family, including her three children: Cal, 6; Hyd, 2; and Ana, 8 months, live in Toad Suck, Arkansas, a small town where alcohol is banned. But Conway, where the restaurant she was dining at, is not a dry area.

Adams told ABC that she confessed that she had been drinking when she was approached by the officers, but said she didn’t know that she had broken the law.

“I did drink. I did breastfeed,” Adams said. “I didn’t know it was illegal. If I knew it was illegal, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Later on, charges against Adam were eventually dropped by Arkansas district attorney Chuck Clawson because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that the stay-at-home mother was drunk.

As to Conners, she was fired a week after the incidence for calling the police on Adams. Despite the court’s orders, the fired waitress believes she was doing the right thing.

“If I was ever in that situation again, I would still do the same thing, because that baby can’t speak up for itself,” she declared. “No one else was doing anything. Even if I knew my job was on the line and it was right around the holidays, I would still do it again.”

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