Police: Mother too drunk to stand found on ground near infant
Police say passer-by was caring for 7-day-old baby
MOUNT HOREB, Wis. — Mount Horeb police said a woman pushing a stroller with an infant in it fell down and was unable to get up due to her level of intoxication last week.
Mount Horeb officers were sent to the Military Ridge bike trail between South 8th Street and Brian Street about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an intoxicated woman walking eastbound on the trail pushing a stroller with an infant in it.
Officers located Kari L. Barrett, 33. Barrett’s 7-day-old baby was being cared for by a passer-by, according to a Mount Horeb Police Department news release.
The passer-by had found Barrett on the ground, and she was unable to get up due to her level of intoxication, the release said.
Police said they also found a bottle of vodka behind the baby in the stroller.
Mount Horeb EMS checked the baby and released the baby to the father.
“When the father took custody of the child, he had told us he was concerned about her alcohol consumption and concerned that the breast milk at home was contaminated with intoxicants, also. So, he was going to try to get the baby on some kind of formula instead of giving the child breast milk,” said Mount Horeb Police Chief Jeff Veloff.
Barrett, who was on probation for fourth-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, was given a preliminary alcohol breath test, and the reported value was 0.247, according to the news release.
She was booked into the Dane County Jail on a probation hold, police said.
Police said several other charges are pending.