A Florida mother was arrested and charged with a felony on Thursday after her daughter reportedly licked a tongue depressor and put it back in the jar with the others.
The video of the incident went viral, drawing horror from people on social media. "THANK YOU", warns an all-caps notice posted on the wall above the container. The girl moves her fingers around in the jar, touching the rest of the depressors before putting the lid back on.
The mum said she alerted doctors at the facility of what had happened.
Ward told the broadcaster that she was both the person who filmed the footage and the one who posted it on social media. "However, licking medical equipment is going too far". The center removed all items in the examination room and re-sanitized the area after the incident, reports say.
Ward apologized and said she never should have taken the video, Actions News Jax reports.
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A conviction for tampering charges can carry a 30-year custodial sentence and a $10,000 fine.
In a statement sent to news outlets, the center stated: "We were notified yesterday that a patient violated our trust with behavior that is inconsistent with the practices and standards that we uphold and expect at our facility".
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Lenise Martin III told WVLA that it was a joke and a misunderstanding. "I'm very embarrassed. That is not how I want my children raised or brought up".