Mother and friend avoid jail over video where they feed baby rose wine

Mother, 26, and her friend avoid jail over shocking video where they appear to forcefeed 16-month-old baby with rose wine

  • The women, 26 and 24, were filmed putting bottle in a toddler’s mouth last year
  • The clip showed the child’s head forced back at a house in Midlothian, Scotland
  • The video showed the toddler ‘apparently consuming’ the contents of the bottle
  • Women pleaded guilty to charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner
  • The 24-year-old woman was placed on a supervision order for the next 12 months
  • Meanwhile her 26-year-old co-accused was handed 21-month supervision order

Two women who appeared to force feed a bottle of rose wine to a 16-month-old child have walked free from court.

The women, 26 and 24, were filmed placing the bottle into the toddler’s mouth at a property in Midlothian last year.

The footage, which subsequently appeared online, showed the child’s head being forced back and ‘apparently consuming’ the contents of the bottle.

The stunt was said to have caused ‘distress to others’ who watched the video which had been posted to a Facebook page in January last year.

The women, 26 and 24, were filmed placing the bottle into the toddler’s mouth at a property in Midlothian last year

The women, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by participating in the making of the video which caused distress to those who viewed it.

The pair had previously admitted their guilt to an amended charge at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month and returned to the dock for sentencing yesterday. (MON)

Sheriff Alistair Noble said: ‘You have pled guilty to a charge much different from what you originally faced.

The footage, which subsequently appeared online, showed the child’s head being forced back and ‘apparently consuming’ the contents of the bottle

‘You each pled guilty to a charge of threatening or abusive behaviour essentially involving the creation of a video that appeared to show a child, who was then about 16 months old, drinking alcohol – though there was no suggestion it was alcohol.

‘As a result of that video being created and shared online, a number of members of the public were upset at what they had seen and that is the nature of the charge you have pled guilty to.’

The 24-year-old woman, who was said to have administered the bottle of alcohol, was placed on a supervision order for the next 12 months.

Meanwhile her 26-year-old co-accused was handed a 21-month supervision order. The toddler is now understood to be being looked after by relatives.

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