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5-month-old given formula made with alcohol; mother arrested

A 5-month-old Stockton girl was hospitalized after her family said they accidentally used a water bottle filled with alcohol to make baby formula.

The girl's 26-year-old mother, Lesha Hill, was arrested Saturday on child abuse charges, authorities said. Hill's mother, Tressie Piggee, said she didn't think her daughter should face charges "because it was an accident."

The family took the girl to a hospital after the incident, and medical staff called police before transporting her to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

"A 5-month-old baby ingesting any amount of alcohol — that's definitely a serious situation which has to be dealt with immediately," Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department told Fox40 in Sacramento.

Piggee said her granddaughter was continuing to recover.

"We feel bad for the baby because she's up there suffering right now because of our mistakes," she said.

Hill is due in court Tuesday.

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