Iowa mom pleads not guilty in drunk toddler case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City mother arrested after her 23-month-old son was found to be legally drunk has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges.

Twenty-six-year-old Natasha Kriener was charged in February after doctors found the toddler had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent, above the state’s legal limit of .08 percent.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says Kriener, who’s also charged with neglect of a dependent person, faces a June 12 trial in Johnson County District Court.

Kriener was arrested after police said the toddler’s father took him to the hospital because he was crying and had poor balance.

Court records show Kriener is accused of leaving alcoholic beverages within the reach of her son.