Four-Year-Old Boy Caught With Beer, Stolen Gifts

Tennessee investigators say a 4-year-old boy was found roaming his neighborhood in the night, drinking beer and wearing a little girl's dress taken from under a neighbor's Christmas tree.

The child's mother, 21-year-old April Wright, tells WTVC-TV the boy "wants to go to jail because that's where his daddy is." Wright says she and the boy's father are going though a divorce.

The boy, found outside his house in Chatanooga on Tuesday, was taken to a hospital and treated for alcohol consumption.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Janice Atkinson says the incident is being investigated but the department declined to release the report.

The boy's mother says she met with child protective services and was told she will get to keep custody of her son.


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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 20, 2009 at 12:44 AM
    I'd just like to point out that my six-year-old niece has put her four-year-old brother up in a dress before. We all have a good laugh, including him. Boys don't really begin gender discrimination until 5-6 (girls, typically a year younger). So most 4-year-old boys would not be opposed to be put in a dress, and would enjoy it as everyone laughs. Unless he was conditioned otherwise, that is. Still, at that age conditioning is everything, thus he wouldn't put a dress on unless he'd done it before and been told to do it and had it done for him before he was old enough to do it on his own. That leaves someone putting him in the dress. And US citizen for now (what does that mean, anyway?) God-fearing families have issues, too. Religion was originally a tool to let the few control the masses (through fear in God). Abuse works the same way, and it has in churches and Sunday schools across the country, and clergy abuse dates back to the Dark Ages, before the Bible was translated to English.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 19, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    I understand. thanks Bill. Jennifer and others, the issue I'm explaining is the issue of highest importance here. The problem stems from the boys mother and father not having a relationship with God like they should've had in the first place. God is all about doing the right thing, obeying Him and understanding we cannot live without Him. There's too many issues I could state here involving others in the similar mess that relate to this headline. Parents should teach their children to obey the laws and treat each other as they would want to be treated. Do unto others and you would do unto yourself. Love one another. Don't steal, don't become a drunkard, liar or cheat and so on. Is this boy from a God fearing household? no. It's very simple folks. You just complicate something that's simple. People that leave God and the bible out of their marriages, homes etc. People that have God in center of their lives are not involved in situations like this. They have peace, love and stability.
  • by Janice Smith Weippert Location: georgia on Dec 19, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    how do a mother miss the fact that your four yesr old son is not home at night, and they are going to give the mother custody of the kid that is crazy. well he should be with his dad in jail. these kids start early being a criminal.if the kid don't go to jail now he will, put both him and his mom in jail. she knew exactly what her kid was doing how do you not know your kid is not in the house. don't be stupid child protected service, she knew.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 at 04:53 AM
    I DO NOT believe this story. I think Mom had everything in the world to do with this. WHY DIDN'T SHE KNOW WHERE HE WAS? DRESS? BEER? WALKING DOWN THE ROAD? I know kids can get away sometimes but a boy wearing a dress and drinking beer too? Authorities are STUPID if they let it go at that.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    Sounds like the next Johnny Cash. Can this baby sing?
  • by jennifer Location: NC on Dec 18, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    I think bill and US citizen are the same person. Lets get back to the story. This is so sad on so many levels. I think this should be looked into more by the authorities. I do not know any 4 yr old that knows that drinking and stealing will end you up in jail. There is more to this than meets the eye.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    to US citizen for now, I apologize for my opening statement, I was a bit testy at the time,but, You must have misinterpreted my blog to you, I offered no solution , never said I could fix anything,(although I am mechanically inclined) and never questioned anyone's faith. And even the " lets beat Jesus into him " comment you got wrong, not realizing sarcasm when you see it. Far be it from me not to learn , as each day I look forward to learning something new. Although your comment "the society we live in now, has rejected God" may have been written in haste ,I would beg you to reconsider. Back to the story tho, I hope the boy gets to see his dad too, who knows , maybe the parents will reevaluate their relationship and find the boy to be an inspiration that leads to a happy and loving life for all concerned. I'm just saying...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    Plain and simple this little boy needs a loving new family. I have never heard such mess in my life. He is four get a grip mother if that is what you call yourself. He does not even know what jail means, let alone drink beer, put on a dress sounds like to me mama put him out like this. Horrible, horrible, this is a child bring him to me and you will be a lost memory mama and daddy.
  • by horrible on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    these posts where people are trying to be funny are so appalling. the boy could have died from drinking, from exposure, could have been hit by a car, among other things. he is affected for life by this incident, as he is by his fathers problems. this boy will need a lot of love and support and counseling, and his mother too. i hope they get it and turn their lives around.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    Ok... WITN, you did it. You came up with a story that just leaves me speechless. lol
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