(Meredith) – A Florida mother could face up to 30 years in prison after she recorded a video of her daughter licking a tongue depressor at a doctor’s office, according to authorities.
Cori Ward, 30, was charged with tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury. Her attorney, Paul Shorstein, said he believes the felony charge is too harsh.
"It’s a travesty and abusive that she was charged with the highest-level crime in Florida for essentially recording her kids,” he told WJAX-TV.
Ward admitted to filming the viral video inside an exam room at the All About Kids and Families Medical Center in Jacksonville. She then uploaded the footage to Snapchat on July 9 with the caption: “Don't tell me how to live my life,” the Florida Times-Union reported.
In the video, her daughter can be seen grabbing a wooden tongue depressor, licking it and then putting it back in a jar.
Ward said she told the staff what happened immediately following the incident and did not intend to put anyone in danger.
"I had just been waiting a long time. I was just being silly with my kids," Ward told WJXT-TV. "It's ruined my life right now. That's how I feel at least."
The medical center released a statement calling this an isolated incident and said all materials were removed from that exam room, which was also sanitized.