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

13 July 2019

Officials in Florida said they have launched an investigation into a video that appears to show a girl licking a tongue depressor at a doctor's office before putting it back. In the video, the girl is seen touching multiple tongue depressors before taking one out, licking it and putting it back under a sign reading "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MEDICAL SUPPLIES!"

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says that she is facing a charge of tampering with consumer product without regard for possible death/bodily injury.

"What people don't know is I am not a bad mother, I am also not a nasty person", the post reads.

"It's frightful. I mean, I'm scared for my kids, especially, my oldest that's out and on her own since they posted her photo", she said.

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In the aftermath of the clip going viral, Ward was vilified and received death threats, WJAX reported.

"Our internal investigation does not reveal any risks or harm to patients", the clinic said in a statement.

She told local news station News4Jax she regretted what happened and the video was taken after she and her children had been waiting a while.

"What I didn't know was that there was a "licking challenge" as I don't scroll social media like that", Ward said in a Facebook post before apparently deleting her profile. The hospital confirmed that the video depicts her room for inspection.

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"This type of behavior is not tolerated at All About Kids and Families Medical Center".

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. "I'm very embarrassed", he said. "Each year, we serve thousands of patients, and providing quality care and ensuring their safety is our top priority".

All About Kids and Families Medical Center issued a statement about the matter.

Blue Bell said the container was found and removed.

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But like most viral social media content, the video quickly inspired copycats, creating what has now been dubbed the "Ice Cream Challenge".

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