Girl licks medical equipment before putting it back at doctor's office

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

A mother in Florida could face up to 30 years in prison after she recorded and posted a video of her daughter licking a tongue depressor at a doctor's office and then putting it back with the unused depressors.

Ward, 30, was arrested on Thursday, Action News Jax confirmed.

She was arrested and booked into the Duval County Jail on the morning of July 11, according to jail records obtained by News 4 Jax. The pair captioned the video, "Don't tell me how to live my life".

The clinic says it contacted law enforcement about the video and removed all materials and containers from the room where the girl was being treated.

The trend of people licking things they shouldn't appears to have started late last month with a viral video of a teen in Texas tonguing a half-gallon tub of Blue Bell ice cream at a Walmart, putting it back in the freezer and walking away.

Meanwhile, a piece of paper above the canister reads "Please do not touch medical supplies! Our internal investigation did not reveal any associated risks or harms to patients as a result of these actions", - said in the hospital.

"I had just been waiting a long time", said Ward, noting that she regrets what happened.


"What I didn't know was that there was a "licking challenge" as I don't scroll social media like that", Ward wrote.

The mum-of-five said she has since received death threats from people who believe she's participating in social media's "licking challenge" which she said she knew nothing about.

"I was completely surprised and shocked that she would even put something like that out there to be seen", he said.

"It's ruined my life right now", Ward told News4Jax previously.

"This type of behavior is unacceptable in the medical center All About Kids and Families". "It should have never been taken this far".

"Yesterday we were notified that the patient has violated our trust behavior, incompatible with the practices and standards we adhere to and expect in our institution", - reads the statement of the medical facilities. "Each year, we serve thousands of patients, and providing quality care and ensuring their safety is our top priority".

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