Boy Born Drunk, Mom Busted

October 03, 2003

By: Allison Gendar, Daily News (New York), October 4, 2003.

An upstate woman admitted in court yesterday she has a drinking problem after being arrested for giving birth to a drunken baby boy.

Stacey Gilligan's son was born with a blood-alcohol level of .18 - twice the legal limit for a drunken-driving arrest.

The 22-year-old woman from the Warren County town of Glens Falls must have knocked back eight to 10 drinks in an hour for her son to have that much alcohol in his system, officials said.

The baby was born drunk Sept. 26. His tiny body shook with tremors as the alcohol was purged from his system.

"An adult would be flat on the floor with that amount of alcohol running through his veins, and this was a tiny baby," said Glens Falls Police Capt. Stanley Wood. "I don't understand how people can do this to their own children."

Child Protective Services took Gilligan's baby from her on Thursday, when the Warren County district attorney charged her with endangering the welfare of a child.

"I have always had depression my whole life," Gilligan said at her arraignment yesterday. "I did not want to hurt my baby and never thought of hurting him, but I have a drinking problem and I would like help for it."

Gilligan, nine months pregnant, gave birth after getting into a fight with the bartender at the Daily Double in Glens Falls, about 200 miles north of New York City. Her water broke in the bar.

When she gave birth, her blood-alcohol level was .26 - 3 1/2 times the legal limit.

Authorities said Gilligan had been told to dry out at least twice when she showed up drunk for hospital checkups. It was unknown whether the baby suffered lasting damage because of his mother's drinking.