Sheriff: Hamilton woman charged after ‘repeatedly’ giving young boy booze
Deputies found the boy with a Smirnoff Ice that he claimed to have opened with his teeth.
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - A Hamilton woman faces criminal charges after repeatedly giving a 6-year-old boy alcoholic beverages, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies on Aug. 5 cited Victoria Hampton, 26, with child endangerment and contributing the unruliness or delinquency of a child.
They first encountered Hampton and the boy around 8:30 p.m. that evening at the Marathon Gas Station on Millville Oxford Road, where they were called for a welfare check.
Hampton was speaking with the deputies when the 6-year-old, whom she called her son, “came running to us with an open Smirnoff Ice in his hand,” the incident report reads. The boy said he’d opened the Smirnoff with his mouth.
Hampton explained the boy had grabbed the Smirnoff from a set she’d just bought without her realizing it. The deputies told her to pay closer attention to the boy and his actions. She apologized and said it “would never happen again,” according to the report. She then threw the opened Smirnoff in the trash, and the deputies let her leave.
The gas station manager told the deputies they wanted Hampton trespassed from the business, prompting the deputies to go to Hampton’s residence in the Island Lake Mobile Home Park to tell her. While at the park, one of the deputies allegedly saw the boy unsupervised on his scooter with an open Smirnoff Ice in his hand.
The deputy contacted Children Services. Minutes later, the boy’s father, Justin Sorrell, got to the residence.
Sorrell said Hampton is not the boy’s biological mother, explaining instead she’s a friend of his and that she’d moved in a couple of weeks ago “to help her out because she had been going through hard times,” the report reads.
Sorrell said he had no idea Hampton had given the boy alcohol because he’d been at work all day, according to the report.
The boy told the deputies Hampton had been giving him Smirnoff’s “regularly and that it helps him sleep at night,” the report reads.
Deputies took the boy to his mother’s residence. They arrested Hampton and Sorrell, who had outstanding traffic warrants out of Miami Township.
Hampton remains at the Butler County Jail as of Wednesday.
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