Mom arrested after kid licks, puts back tongue depressor at doctor’s office

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A Florida mom who stood nearby as her daughter allegedly licked a tongue depressor at a doctor’s office — and then put it back in a jar — is facing a felony charge in connection with the revolting act.

Cori E. Ward, 30, of Jacksonville, appeared in court Friday on one count of tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or injury after she was arrested Thursday in connection to the now-viral Snapchat footage, WJXX reports.

A judge set Ward’s bail at $2,500 during her initial court appearance Friday and ordered her stay off social media and not to contact anyone at the All Kids and Families Medical Center in Jacksonville, where she recorded the clip Tuesday while waiting inside an examination room with her 10-year-old daughter, according to an arrest report obtained by the Florida Times-Union.

“PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MEDICAL SUPPLIES!” a message above the tongue depressors read, the video shows. “THANK YOU!”

A hand then removes the lid of the tongue depressor jar before a young girl whose face is blurred appears to lick the wooden stick before putting in back in a jar.

“Don’t tell me how to live my life,” a caption on the video reads.

The video was later posted to Facebook and eventually caught the attention of authorities. It has since been removed, WJXX reports.

In a statement to the station, officials at the medical center said they “immediately removed all materials and containers” from the examination room and sanitized the entire facility.

The incident is the latest in a disturbing trend of people caught on video licking products, such as ice cream, and then returning it to shelves.

But Ward is insisted on her since-deleted Facebook profile that she had never heard of a so-called “licking challenge,” WJXX reports.

“The video doesn’t show that the items were thrown away or anything else that happened,” Ward wrote. “I posted this on my personal Snapchat with my 20-something friends, where someone allowed another person to view it. I didn’t post it on Facebook or YouTube as a challenge or whatever.”

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