GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A North Dakota woman accused of breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby while drunk has pleaded guilty to child neglect. Stacey Anvarinia, 36, could face up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced on the felony charge in August.
Judge Sonja Clapp says Anvarinia will not have to register as an offender against children.
Police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at Anvarinia’s home on April 13 say they saw an intoxicated Anvarinia breast feeding. Health officials say alcohol consumed by breast-feeding mothers can be absorbed into an infant’s system.
Attorneys believe it’s the first such case prosecuted in North Dakota.