Mom charged after girl licks tongue depressor and puts it back

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

A mother in Jacksonville, Fla., has been arrested after she recorded a video of her daughter licking a tongue depressor at a medical center then putting it back, according to WJXT. She slaps her now-empty hand against the open mouth of the jar twice before the lid is swiftly replaced. It was uploaded to her Snapchat with the following caption: "Don't tell me how to live my life".

Cori Ward, 30, appeared in court Friday on a charge of tampering with consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury. It is not clear if Ward has an attorney.

A Florida mom who stood nearby as her daughter allegedly licked a tongue depressor at a doctor's office - and then put it back in a jar - is facing a felony charge in connection with the revolting act.

"I mean honestly, I wasn't thinking", she said to WJAX-TV.

Ward admitted to recording the video in an interview with KSAT sister station News4Jax.

But Ward insisted on her since-deleted Facebook profile that she had never heard of a so-called "licking challenge", WJXX reports.

Ward defended herself and her 10-year-old daughter in a lengthy Facebook post earlier this week before deleting her account.

"The video doesn't show that the items were thrown away or anything else that happened", Ward wrote.

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According to Action News Jax, the video appears to have originated on Snapchat and was shared by a resident on Facebook.

The mother of the girl said she started getting death threats.

"It's awful", she said.

The mum has since apologised, adding: "I know what it's like to have to worry about your kid's health and stuff".

Staff at the office said they're taking the necessary steps to make sure their patients are safe. The center did not respond to a request for comment late Thursday.

The medical center released a statement saying it had removed all materials from the room in the video and sanitized the entire facility. "Our internal investigation does not reveal any resulting risks or harm to patients from this action", it continued. "Don't Mess With Texas. or with Blue Bell".

The video of the incident went viral, drawing horror from people on social media. "That's how I feel at least", she added.

She added: "It's awful".

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