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Mom Pleads "Not Guilty" To Drunk Breast-Feeding

A North Dakota mother has pleaded not guilty to child neglect after prosecutors alleged she was drunk while breast-feeding her six week old baby.

Prosecutor Carmell Mattison says alcohol was not the only factor in the felony charge against 27-year-old Stacey Anvarinia, who appeared in court Monday. She is free on bond.

Mattison says the mother "wasn't in a position to care for the child properly."

Anvarinia was arrested Feb. 13 after police answered a domestic disturbance call at her Grand Forks home. The prosecutor said officers witnessed Anvarinia breast-feeding the baby and asked her to stop because she was intoxicated.

Her attorney David Ogren says no blood test was taken and the charge could be difficult to prove.


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