Mom Who Let Daughter Lick Tongue Depressor Arrested; Faces 30 Years

In a surprising development, Florida police have arrested the woman who posted a video of her daughter licking a tongue depressor and putting it back into a doctor’s office canister.

Jacksonville resident Cori E. Ward, 30, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with tampering with consumer products without regard for possible death/bodily injury, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The charge is a felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

The video, which surfaced on Facebook this week, shows a girl touching several tongue depressors in a container at All About Kids and Families Medical Center. After removing one, the girl thoroughly licks the wooden medical instrument before replacing it in the container. A sign above the canister reads, “Please do not touch medical supplies. Thank you!”

Gross, sure, but is the crime worth 30 years in prison? Do you have issues putting anything in your mouth that doesn’t come sealed?