Mom accused of giving 7-year-old son Fireball shot, Longwood police say

Police: Woman took picture of her son taking sip, posted photo to Facebook


LONGWOOD, Fla. – A Longwood mom has been charged with child neglect for giving her 7-year-old son a shot of whiskey, according to police.

"It was plain stupid," said Officer Kevin Tuck, with the Longwood Police Department.

Tuck said giving children alcohol is illegal and will not be tolerated.

According to police, Patricia Denault poured herself a shot of Fireball cinnamon whiskey and took a picture of her son taking a sip. She posted that picture on Facebook, but someone saw that picture and called the police.

"Me taking a picture and putting it on Facebook, I thought it was funny," Denault said.

Denault was arrested on Wednesday, charged with child neglect after she said three uniformed officers and Child Protective Services came to her house and interviewed her kids.

"My children felt intimidated by them being here, while they were being questioned," said Denault.

Denault said she is hiring a lawyer to fight the charges. In the meantime, she deactivated her Facebook account.

"Just embarrassing, for me and for my children. They are obviously not abused nor neglected," Denault said.