Mom Arrested After Daughter Licks Tongue Depressor In Doctor's Office

By Bill Galluccio

July 15, 2019

A Florida mother was arrested after authorities say she recorded a video of her daughter licking a tongue depressor and putting it back into the jar at her doctor's office. 30-year-old Cori Ward then uploaded the video to Snapchat with the caption: "Don't tell me how to live my life."

Ward told the police that she informed the staff at All About Kids and Families Medical Center in Jacksonville about what her daughter did and that she threw out the tongue depressor after she finished filming.

"I had just been waiting a long time. I was just being silly with my kids," Ward told WJXT-TV. "It's ruined my life right now. That's how I feel at least."

The medical center released a statement saying the tongue depressors were removed from the exam room after they learned that the girl had licked one.

Ward was charged with tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury and faces up to 30 years in prison.

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