Florida Mom Arrested After Sharing Video of Daughter Licking Tongue Depressor at Doctor's Office

July 12, 2019

tyalexanderphotography iStock / Getty Images Plus

Earlier this week in Florida, Cori Ward's young daughter pulled a tongue depressor out of a jar at a doctor's office and licked it--despite an all-caps warning sign which read, "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MEDICAL SUPPLIES!" Ward found her daughter's stunt to be quite humorous, so she filmed it and posted it on Snapchat, along with superimposed text that read, "Don't tell me how to live my life." Someone who saw Ward's Snapchat video posted it on Facebook, and on Thursday police arrested Ward on a felony charge of tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury. She insists her video was only meant to be shared with a small group of friends, not part of the gross "licking challenge" that started when a teenager licked some ice cream before putting it back in a store's freezer. "I wasn't thinking," a tearful Ward told WJAX. “I know what it’s like to have to worry about your kids’ health and stuff. I would never put somebody else’s kid at risk.” Ward insists that "the items were thrown away" after her daughter licks the stick, although Ward's video doesn't show that part.