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Mother who fed baby rum-spiked formula won't face charges

Charges have been dropped against a Stockton woman who said she accidentally gave her 5-month-old daughter formula made with rum.

The San Joaquin County district attorney's office told Fox 40 Sacramento that the case didn't meet the "legal elements" needed to charge 26-year-old Iesha Hill with felony child endangerment. Stockton police arrested Hill on Saturday after the baby was brought to a local hospital.

Hill's mother said the formula was accidentally spiked when it was made with a water bottle filled with alcohol.

The 5-month-old remains hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento but is expected to make a full recovery.

After Hill was released from jail Tuesday night, she said she was on her way to the hospital to see her daughter.

"I'm just ready to see my kids," she told the television station. "I'm not a bad mom. Stuff happens. You know, it kind of hurt my feelings just to know that people even think something of me like that, because I take good care of my kids. ... They come first."

Hill also said she was "never drinking again."

"I don't want this to ever happen again to my kids or anyone," she said.

Stockton police said detectives and Child Protective Services will follow up with the family.

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