Florida mom arrested after daughter licks tongue depressor, puts it back at doctor's office

Video shows a girl licking a tongue depressor and putting it back at a Florida doctor's office. (Cell phone video via WJAX)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida mother is facing consequences and is even banned from social media for allegedly recording her daughter licking a tongue depressor and putting it back in a jar in a doctor’s office.

Cori Ward, 30 made her first appearance in court on Friday morning. The mother of five was charged with a felony and was told she could no longer have any contact with the doctor’s office or social media.

Ward was arrested on Thursday and charged with tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death/bodily injury, according to sheriff's office records.

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Her bond was set at $2,500, which she was released on Friday.

Cori Ward (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office via CNN)

Ward’s attorney told WJAX he believes her charges were too harsh.

"Its a travesty and abusive that she was charged with the highest-level crime in Florida for essentially recording her kids,” Paul Shorstein said.

Ward told WJAX she notified doctors right after it happened, and she said didn’t mean to put anyone in danger.

"I know what it’s like to, you know, have to worry about your kid’s health and stuff. I would never put somebody else’s kid at risk,” she said.

Shorstein says Ward also threw out the tongue depressors shortly after.

He says he’ll be talking to the state attorney’s office next and give them information on what happened and what led up to Ward’s arrest to try and get his client's charges dropped.

"I think she just wants to move on from it,” he said.