A mother in Kentucky is facing charges after she got her 14-year-old daughter so drunk that she fell face-first out of a chair during an attempt to teach the teen that booze is bad, police said.
Miranda Gayle Polston, 34, was charged by police in Somerset with first-degree criminal abuse – a felony – after investigators got an anonymous tip that a video on social media showed her forcing her daughter drink earlier this month, a police spokesman told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
After getting a copy of the video, police said Polston told investigators that she previously caught the teen drinking and sought to punish her. But Polston could be heard on the footage saying that she could get a million dollars from MTV for the video, according to Capt. Mike Correll.
The teen can be heard gurgling and saying “no” on the video as Polston forced her to guzzle down booze. Correll said she appeared “highly intoxicated” and eventually fell face-first out of a chair.
“When she falls out of the chair, you can hear her groan,” Correll said. “It is a sad story, really.”
The girl’s identity, as well as the video, was not released. Polston, meanwhile, had been wanted on a warrant for allegedly violating conditions of her release on another, unspecified charge, Correll said.
Polston, who was arrested Wednesday, disputed the charges when reached in jail, telling WKYT that the incident is being unfairly perceived. She intends to fight the allegations, she said.