Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Man accused of feeding stepson vodka

Tube-fed 7-year-old reportedly seven times over legal limit

By The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE - A Louisville man was jailed on charges that he fed vodka through a medical feeding tube to his 7-year-old stepson, who had a blood-alcohol level seven times the level at which a person is considered drunk.

        The boy's mother said the child was in stable condition Monday night at Kosair Children's Hospital.

        Chris Harmon was charged with first-degree criminal abuse and was in the Jefferson County Jail.

        The boy's mother, Cherie Glover, said Monday her son was conscious - but seemed different.

        “He would laugh a little and then just cry and cry,” she said outside the Jefferson County Hall of Justice, where she'd gone to seek an Emergency Protective Order against Mr. Harmon. She alleged that her husband had abused her sporadically in the two years they'd been married.

        “It's shocking,” said Louisville Police Sgt. Jeffery Moseley of the Crimes Against Children Unit.

        The boy was hospitalized Saturday, and police said Monday his blood-alcohol content remained at 0.20 - still more than double the 0.08 level at which someone is considered drunk under Kentucky law.

        Ms. Glover said her son was born with a rare condition known as Vacteral syndrome, a cluster of birth defects. .

        She said the boy, who has a tracheal tube and is fed through a gastrointestinal bag, couldn't sleep without special medication. But she said they'd stopped buying it after Passport, the state-sponsored health care program she used, stopped paying for it.

        Without the medication, she said, her son would scream and cry through the night.


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