North Dakota woman accused of breast-feeding daughter while drunk is ordered to get treatment

ND woman sentenced for drunken breast-feeding

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A North Dakota woman accused of breast-feeding her 6-week-old baby while drunk has been ordered to get treatment that could help her avoid jail.

Stacey Anvarinia pleaded guilty to child neglect in June. She told Judge Sonja Clapp at her sentencing Friday that she knew what she did was wrong and she is working hard to get her daughter back.

The 26-year-old was arrested Feb. 13 after police answering a domestic disturbance call at her Grand Forks home saw her breast-feeding the baby. The case grabbed international attention and stirred debate about breast-feeding, alcohol and privacy.

Clapp sentenced Anvarinia to 18 months in jail with all but six months suspended and said Anvarinia could get credit for chemical dependency treatment.

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