A teenage father has been charged with attempted murder after pouring liquor into his two-month-old son's hospital feeding tube.
Cesar Ruiz, 19, allegedly pumped Lucas with rum during his stay at Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, which he was admitted to with breathing difficulties on October 16.
The child was undergoing treatment ahead of surgery scheduled for Wednesday when on Sunday he began having seizures. He was moved to the pediatric intensive care unit where doctors found him to have a blood alcohol level of .289, more than twice the 0.8 per cent legal limit for driving in Louisiana.
Ruiz confessed to the crime, explaining that he acted to relieve his son's suffering and did not intend to kill him, police said.
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