WTF: Misdemeanor charge for deliberately contaminating medical equipment?

That’s bull shit.

Mom in tainted tongue depressor case facing lesser charge
Cori Ward was initially charged with tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury, which is a felony. She could have faced up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted on that charge.

But court records show the State Attorney’s Office instead filed a misdemeanor charge on Sept. 5 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

This mother and her daughter were at a clinic, presumably for some medical condition. They got bored while waiting. Mom recorded them screwing around with tongue depressors — that we know of; what else? — and uploaded the video. The most egregious part was the — ill? — daughter licking a depressor and putting it back into the container to await the next unsuspecting patient. Mom bragged, “Don’t tell me how to live my life,” showing utter disdain for the health and safety of others.

When she got caught, she merely whined, “It’s ruined my life right now.”

When the clinic was informed, they had to throw out supplies in the room, decontaminate it, and notify other patients of a possible exposure to pathogens resulting from the evil acts of mom and daughter. That ain’t cheap, and it harms the clinic’s reputation.

And this dipshit prosecutor thinks a misdemeanor “contributing to the delinquency” charge is good enough for a serious crime? What if the prosecutor’s kid was the next patient to get one of those depressors; would that be serious enough?

On the bright side, All About Kids and Families Medical Center can — and I expect will — sue the ever-loving shit out of the idiot. More than likely, they spent thousands of dollars on cleanup and replacement supplies. And they deserve more for damages to reputation.

Then any other patient who ended up in that room before the clinic knew it needed decontamination should sue the bitch, as well.

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