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UPDATE: Infant had 0.51 BAC after mother mixed baby formula with vodka in baby bottle

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Heather Oakes appeared in court Friday morning and was denied bond. She is charged with aggravated child abuse after her 11-month-old son was taken to the hospital in critical condition with alcohol poisoning Monday night.

When first responders found the child he was unresponsive with a low heart rate and barely breathing.
    
The child's blood alcohol level was .51.

READ MORE | Search still on for Sequatchie County abduction suspect 
 
How much alcohol the child actually ingested, we still don't know.

"It's not really something we looked at, is how much alcohol you would give an 11-month-old to get its blood alcohol level raised," Said Asst. District Attorney Steve Strain.

The child's mother, 27-year-old Heather Oakes, tells police she mistakenly mixed vodka with her child's formula instead of water.

In her first statement with police, she said "she had given the infant an over the counter cough and cold medicine." She later acknowledged that statement was false.

The police report says doctors and law enforcement smelled an odor of alcohol on Oakes at the Hospital after the child was taken there.

The child's bottle was recovered from police and contained alcohol.

Police say Oakes was also caring for three other children during that time.

"The child who was the victim in our case was a twin, and he has a twin possibly a brother I believe, and then she has two older children a four-year-old and an eight-year-old," Strain said.

Channel 3 reported on Heather Oakes back in 2013 when police say she abducted one of her children from a birthday party and left the state.

Oakes did not have custody of that child.
    
They were eventually found in Georgia and Oakes was charged with custodial interference.
    
These latest charges are more serious.

"It's a Class A felony and the range is 15-25 years," Strain said, "It's a very, very serious felony."

The 11-month-old child has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

The Department of Children's Services says that child, and Oakes' three other children, are now in the custody of a relative.

We wanted to know why Oakes had custody of the children after other previous incidents.

DCS says they can not comment on those cases, but their investigation continues.

Heather Oakes is scheduled to appear in court again on Nov. 20.


PREVIOUS STORY: A child that arrived at the Erlanger Emergency Room of Sequatchie County with alcohol poisoning prompted emergency workers to call the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department as a possible child abuse case.
At the ER, detectives found the 11 month-old child in critical condition.
The child was in the care of the mother during the time of the incident, according to a news release.  
The resulting investigation and interviews led to the arrest of the child’s mother, Heather M. Oakes, 27.  
Oakes was arrested and has been charged with aggravated child abuse, and is being held without bond in the Sequatchie County Jail.  
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