A mom jailed for breastfeeding while drinking is striking back at her ostracized decision to whip out her breast to go along with an ice-cold beer. The mother of three lives in a tiny town called Toad Suck, Arkansas, and her night out at a restaurant ended up with her being jailed after witnesses watched both her and her infant drink from the “tap,” if you will.
According to ABC News on Wednesday, 28-year-old Tasha Adams was “charged with endangering the welfare of a child after breastfeeding her baby while drinking. Tasha said she didn’t know she was possibly breaking any such law.
After attending a funeral, Adams claimed that she only had two beers last November at Gusano's Pizzeria restaurant in Conway. She says she drank the beers with her meal, and that in the two-hours time she was there, she in no way endangered her breastfeeding 6-month-old baby girl Ana.
Adams even told ABC's 20/20 that she wishes police had arrived and subjected her to a breathalyzer so she could have proven her side of the story.
“I wish they would’ve given me a breathalyzer so it could be proven,” Adams said, adding that she can hold her liquor. “Some people I'm sure can drink two beers and get buzzed or drunk. I can't.”
An off-duty waitress who worked at the restaurant, Jackie Conners, tells a different story.
Conners, a mom of her own, reported Adams to the restaurant's management, and then when nothing was being done, called up 911 to report the boozing mom.
“They looked like they were having a good time, just drinking,” Conners said. “Things started getting louder and louder, and then the baby started getting fussy. There were several drinks in front of [Adams], two or three drinks in front of her already, when I got there.”
Conners said Adams was not drinking beer, and guessed that she had downed at least two Long Island Teas – strong mixed drinks with about five shorts in each one.
“I watched the bartender make them, looked like Long Islands. But regardless if it was that or not, then it was strong liquor that was in those glasses,” Conners recalled.
Police arrived, interviewed Adams, and determined that she was drunk. Although there is no law on the state books about drinking while breastfeeding, in the officers' estimation, Adams had endangered the welfare of her child.
According to ABC, Chuck Clawson, the deputy city attorney for Conway, Ark., “dropped Adams’ child endangerment charge because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove she had one too many drinks to care for her child.”
Conners, on the other hand, lost her job, but restaurant management says it wasn’t because of reporting the incident. Conners obviously feels differently, but says she did the right thing.
“Even if I knew my job was on the line and it was right around the holidays, I would still do it again,” she said.