SAN FRANCISCO — A mom who was arrested after her 2-year-old son was allegedly poisoned by a glass bottle and left in the backyard of a home was released Friday morning after a judge found she had acted appropriately.
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said Jessica Rodriguez had been arrested and charged with two counts of felony child endangerment for allegedly giving her child a glass-bottled water and soda to drink in a backyard in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Feb. 11.
Rodriguez told authorities her son was not sick and had not drank any water that day.
She said she was concerned the boy had eaten something, according to a criminal complaint.
But when police searched her home in February, they found a glass of water, a bottle and a small bag of ice, according the complaint.
When authorities searched her neighbor’s home the next day, they also found a bottle of water and a bottle.
Prosecutors said that after Rodriguez was arrested, she showed police the bottle and ice, which were not used.
The prosecutor’s office said the bottle was not even a glass, but was a plastic bag of the same brand as the bottle.
It said that when Rodriguez was released, she “aggressively” tried to take the bottle away from police and then started to run out of the home.
The girl’s father was arrested the next morning and booked into San Francisco jail on suspicion of child endangerance.
He told police he saw Rodriguez at his house that day, and she was in the yard drinking a water bottle, the complaint said.
He also said she put the child into a car seat, which he then drove away with the car and ran to the police station.
Police said they found the bottle, soda and a plastic wrap on the street.
Rodriguez said she didn’t use the water bottle because she had a fever and it would not help her son, according with the complaint, but prosecutors said they were unsure.
When asked why she did not take the glass bottle out of her house to put the bottle in a bottle to drink, she told investigators that she thought the glass would be more dangerous than the water, the district attorney’s office stated.
Prosecutors asked for $500,000 bail and said Rodriguez was out on bond until her next court appearance.
“The San Francisco Police Department is committed to the safety and well-being of all of its residents and to its citizens, and will continue to vigorously investigate any credible allegations of child abuse,” a statement from the department said.
The Department of Public Health did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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Rodriguez was arrested and was booked into jail on a $2,500 bond.