Valerie M. Topete, USA Today
Phoenix, AZ-- A 36-year-old Phoenix mother has been charged with child abuse for allegedly pouring beer into her 2-year-old son's sippy cup, according to news reports.
Police say a waitress at Peter Piper Pizza reported that Valerie Marie Topete poured beer in her son's cup Tuesday evening and that he drank some, the Arizona Republic reports. She told officers he "kept reaching" for the pitcher of beer.
Police said she also left the boy alone at one point. The Republic, published by USA TODAY's parent, Gannett, writes that the boy's father and his two siblings, ages 4 and 8, were also at the restaurant. but doesn't indicate where.
The 2-year-old was taken to a hospital as a precaution and released to his father.