Dothan police charged a man with giving his 10-month-old niece alcohol in her baby bottle, which resulted in the baby being admitted to the intensive care unit at Flowers Hospital for treatment.
Dothan Police Investigator Cpl. Sean Morgan confirmed police charged Dontavian Lee McCree, 19, of Westgate Parkway, with felony torture child abuse.
Court records show police charged McCree with the torture of a 10-month-old baby girl by causing her to ingest alcohol through the formula she drank. Records show the offense resulted in the baby being admitted to the ICU at Flowers Hospital for treatment.
Morgan said the child was admitted to Flowers Hospital around 1:30 p.m. Thursday and remained hospitalized Friday morning. He said the child’s condition had improved.
“The mother had to go to work, and he was the babysitter,” Morgan said. “The mother was at work and when she came home from work she noticed the baby wasn’t acting normal.”
Morgan said McCree was arrested after it was determined he was the sole caregiver for the child for around a seven to eight-hour period from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. He said the baby was taken to the hospital after her mother arrived home from work.
Morgan said their investigation shows an unidentified type of alcohol was mixed in with the baby’s powder formula.
“There was no debate about him mixing it and all,” Morgan said. “He was freely admitting he was the one who mixed the baby bottle and he was the only one there. Everything else came down to intent.”
Morgan said McCree is the baby’s uncle, and brother of the child’s mother.
McCree was taken to the Houston County Jail and held on $15,000 bail. McCree faces one to 10 years in prison if convicted of the class C felony crime of child abuse.