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Father arrested for feeding alcohol to infant

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Posted: Oct 29, 2012 10:06 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: deputies, belle chasse, alcohol, infant, arrest, wbrz, louisiana

GRETNA - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested 19-year-old Belle Chasse man for allegedly feeding his 2-month-old son enough alcohol to register a .289 percent blood alcohol content.

Cesar Ruiz was booked Sunday with attempted first-degree murder.

In Louisiana, drivers are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08 percent or more.

The infant, Lucas Ruiz, was initially admitted to the pediatric unit at Ochsner Hospital on Oct. 16 because of breathing difficulties.

While undergoing treatment, the child started having seizures and was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit, where his elevated blood alcohol level was discovered.

Col. John Fortunato said Ruiz told authorities he acted to relieve his son's suffering, and did not mean to kill him.

The infant's condition is unknown.

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