Child Abuse

Pennsylvania Mom Accidentally Gives Baby Vodka And That’s Not Even The Worst Part

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vodka bottleIf you need some reassurance on your parenting skills today, here’s a story for you. A 26-year-old Pennsylvania mom lost custody of her baby this week after accidentally mixing the child’s formula with vodka. Now, this is awful, obviously, but personally I don’t think it’s the worst part. The worst part is how she defended herself. Apparently it’s totally okay that her toddler was sent to the hospital with a BA level three times the legal limit, because it was the baby’s known drug addict and alcoholic babysitter who left the booze in her fridge! Silly CPS, you can give that baby back now!

Jessica Bachmaier, from Erie Pennsylvania, says that she inadvertently mixed her 13-month-old daughter Nevaeh‘s  batch of formula with vodka after it was accidentally left in a water bottle in her fridge. Bachmaier claims that she doesn’t drink or typically keep alcohol in the house, so it’s understandable that she didn’t check to make sure the liquid was actually water. I mean, I don’t make a habit of sniffing everything I take out of my fridge, and I do enjoy the occasional drink. But her explanation for how the booze ended up there is just mind-boggling. Apparently Bachmaier left her child with a male friend who she specifically describes as a “known alcoholic and drug addict.”

Before I get flamed, I want to say that I understand that things happen and sometimes you gotta work and you’re left with less-than-desirable choices for childcare. But if this guy can’t even go a few hours without a drink, then I would at least be aware of it and make sure to check my fridge for any leftovers.

But wait! There’s more!

According to Bachmaier, after the child drank the mixture she almost immediately started acting odd:

“Her motor skills weren’t there. She wasn’t cooperating. She was like a limp noodle…like a zombie.”

“So she must have rushed to the hospital,” is what you must be thinking. Nope. According to the NBC News report, Bachmaier let the baby sleep, “passed out on the coffee table.” For over an hour. Even though she was completely unresponsive:

I let her sleep for an hour and 15 minutes and then I took her to the hospital…I was very surprised as I don’t drink,’ Bachmaier said.

No charges have been filed as of yet, but the police are investigating, as well as the District Attorney. Children’s Services have also been contacted and Nevaeh is in foster care.

(Photo: night_cat/Shutterstock)


  1. Kheldarson

    May 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I…I have no words. Maybe it’s the fact I’m up after way too little sleep, but I’m having issues following the young lady’s logic. “I’m going to mix my child’s formula with liquid from a strange container” to “My child only had a complete loss of function; I’ll just let her sleep it off!” seems like a very strange series of choices…

  2. KaeTay

    May 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Wait.. last time I checked vodka has a strong scent.. even if I don’t smell the bottle when pouring the smell comes out. Also why is that guy left in the care of her child. Very poor choices were made.

    • Gina

      May 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Out of curiousity I just went and took a whiff out of my bottle of Belvedere and… no scent at all. So, ok, maybe she couldn’t tell. I am not defending this woman because, yeah, her ‘the babysitter’s a known drunk’ is problematic. And definitely if my baby acted drunk, I’d have acted ASAP. But, I do think it’s possible that the drunk babysitter, in trying to disguise his habit, came over with an Ozarka bottle filled with Absolut and placed it in her fridge. It does seem strange to me that the baby seemingly had zero objection to drinking straight vodka, albeit with ‘flavoring’. I know I couldn’t drink it that way. If she’d said the baby got a hold of a fruity mixed drink and drank it down, that’d almost be more believable.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      May 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Yeah, the kid’s already a better drinker than I am.

    • keelhaulrose

      May 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      The cheaper the vodka the more of a scent it has, but most good vodkas don’t have a scent.
      Let’s not ask how I know that.
      Edited to add that the smell is diluted the colder it gets as well.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      May 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Yeah, I keep vodka in the freezer and it has no scent at all.

    • practicallyperfectineveryway

      May 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Yeah, cold vodka that is virtually odorless, can be tricky. I have trouble detecting it in cocktails and mixed drinks and inevitably end up drinking more than I had intended to. (Not condoning this though….there are so many ways this mom went wrong.)

    • Jessifer

      May 24, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Plus, wouldn’t the vodka have made the milk curdle?

    • Kheldarson

      May 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Only if you didn’t drink it right away. Bailey’s actually causes more curdling than vodka.

      What? White Russians are awesome. Don’t look at me like that! :p

  3. Zettai

    May 24, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This lady sounds full of it. I can’t imagine that she didn’t take the baby to the hospital right away because she’s a moron. I think it’s because she was drunk or high on something herself.

    • Cruelty Cupcake

      May 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Yep, it also crossed my mind that she may have been trying to kill her child and pass it off as an accident. I’m glad they took that poor baby away from her.

    • brebay

      May 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      I thought that too, or trying to give her enough to knock her out so she’d stop screaming and sleep. There’s just so much wrong with this picture.

  4. catherinekylie

    May 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Pennsylvania Mom Accidentally Gives Baby Vodka And That’s Not Even The Worst Part

  5. Harriet Meadow

    May 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I thought you were going to say that the worst part was that the baby’s name is Nevaeh…Sorry, I feel weird joking right now because this story actually makes me REALLY sad.

    • Maggie J

      May 27, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      You’re not the only one with a morbid mind… what a dreadful fate with that name.

  6. Paul Steve

    May 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    well this seems look very crazy thing which is doing to his child, it is bad to know that mom gives her baby vodka, mom are you sick of to do that thing ???

  7. TwentiSomething Mom

    May 24, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Where do you start? Who lets their kids sleep on a table? If your kid is so “out of it” and tired they need to sleep on a hard surface, that’s an indicator they need to be rushed to the hospital.

  8. Darnell Shinholster

    May 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    A very bad mother no doubt….

  9. Kat

    May 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    What the Hell was she thinking when her child became unresponsive?! My baby would’ve been in the hospital in 20 minutes! Less, if we lived closer! I get that the vodka was an accident. I have several opened water bottles, I don’t know why, but I DO know they’re water. If I knew someone was drinking, though, & had it in a water bottle, I’d make sure every single open bottle was water. I don’t care if that person took it home with them, they could’ve confused it with another bottle. & I definitely wouldn’t leave my kid with an alcoholic druggie! That’s like leaving the kid home alone! If I had to work, I’d find anything BUT that kind of person. If I had to bring my kid to a day care, so be it. If it costs more than you make that day, then call out! I feel like since I’ve become a mom, more & more ignorant parents are coming out of hiding…

    • Kheldarson

      May 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      The only issue with that “call out” option is that we don’t know what kind of policies her work place has. That could lead to job loss. Although I do agree she needed a different babysitter!

    • Kat

      May 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      But then if it was a scheduled work day, she should’ve had a scheduled babysitter, & back-up. If it was a last minute call-in, I’d still call anyone else, but him. I know jobs are hard to come by, but the safety of a child should always come first. But at least the girl is alive! I don’t think she’ll be using him anymore.

  10. Guest

    May 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    1) people are still naming their kids Nevaeh???

    2) my moms coworker was at a BBQ and chatting with her friends when her daughter brought her what she thought was a fruit flavored pop and asked for some. They don’t normally drink soda but it was a fun time out so she poured some into her water bottle or whatever and drank the rest herself but wasn’t fully paying attention because she was talking with people. The kids asks for more half an hour later and the mom finally realizes she gave her kid a Palm Bay (a vodka or rum drink that is fizzy sugary fruit falvoured stuff). She was horrified….the rest of us thought it was funny because she’s such a type A mom (but a lovely type A!). The kid is totally fine and had no idea what she drank.
    I’m not condoning any of the vodka drinking baby act….just sharing a funny story.

    • JJ

      May 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      But it’s heaven spelt backwards omg so unique! First parent ever to think of it amongst the many who have named their kid that. I think I will name any future kids I have Natas its Satan spelt backwards. Adorable. Or maybe Nomed as in Demon backwards. Super cute. 😉

  11. G.E. Phillips

    May 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Well, I feel so much better now about letting Face take a sip of my Red Bull the other day in the car because I forgot to bring him a water bottle.

  12. alnisa

    May 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Obviously, it was not on purpose other wise she would have never taken her baby to the hospital ……

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