London, Jun 12: A new born entered the world under the influence of alcohol because its Polish mother got drunk before the birth. The baby girl was found to be 15 times the adult drink drive limit at the time of her birth. The 38-year-old mother had checked in the hospital to give birth on Monday. She was intoxicated during labour.
A blood test showed that the woman had a level of 1.2 grammes of alcohol at the time of birth, the Telegraph quoted police spokeswoman Dorota Tietz as saying. A level of 1.2 grammes of alcohol per 1,000 grammes of blood is the equivalent of a bottle of wine or two litres of beer for an adult drinker but its impact is compounded in a new born's tiny body.
As a result, the infant was found to have a level of 2.9 grammes, police said. The mother could now now face up to five-year imprisonment for having endangered the life and health of her child.
Ms Tietz said, '' The baby's life is not in immediate danger but doctors fear the impact on her development.''