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Ohio Mom Charged with Endangerment After Her Toddler Drank Vodka from a Sippy Cup: Reports

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An Ohio woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to child endangerment after her toddler son reportedly drank from a sippy cup filled with vodka — which his mom had allegedly snuck into a high school football game.

Andrea Mucciarone entered her plea to the misdemeanor charge in Conneaut Municipal Court in Ohio, PEOPLE confirms. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The public defender assigned to Mucciarone’s case did not return a request for comment to PEOPLE. Her pretrial is set to begin on Nov. 21.

The 30-year-old mother had attended Conneaut High School Spartan football team’s final home game with relatives and her 23-month-old son on Oct. 28, the Star Beacon reports. Police allege she hid vodka in her son’s sippy cup; and, while at the stadium, the unnamed boy drank from it.

He was discovered by a relative when he couldn’t stand up, then taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the Associated Press.

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Staff at the UH Conneaut Medical Center contacted police about the incident later that night, ABC News 5 reports. (Local police referred PEOPLE to their records division, who declined to comment.)

Mucciarone allegedly told police that she did not remember bringing the alcohol and that her son must have drank it and become intoxicated, according to ABC News 5.

She allegedly said she was negligent in allowing him access to the drink.

According to the Star Beacon, the boy has been removed from his mother’s care by child services and placed in “emergency temporary custody” with a relative.