Mom Spiked Drink of Son's Alleged Bully: Cops

Texas police say Jennifer Lynn Rossi's homemade concoction landed son's schoolmate in the hospital
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2024 10:45 AM CST
Mom Arrested After Allegedly Going After Son's Bully
Jennifer Lynn Rossi.   (Facebook/Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

A Texas mom has been arrested after police say a concoction she whipped up to push back on kids allegedly bullying her son ended up sending one child to the hospital. USA Today reports that sheriff's deputies were dispatched Tuesday to the Legacy Traditional School-Alamo Ranch in San Antonio, in response to a call about a sick student. According to an arrest affidavit seen by KSAT, the child who'd fallen ill told cops that after he'd swigged a drink given to him by a 10-year-old classmate, he got a headache and felt nauseous.

The 10-year-old in question told police that his mom had crafted the drink, which the affidavit notes was made up of a Gatorade base, then spiked with lemon juice, vinegar, and salt. "Although the contents of the drink were non-toxic, the incident resulted in a child being hospitalized," the Bexar County Sheriff's Office noted Wednesday in a statement. KSAT identifies the mother as Jennifer Lynn Rossi, and she admitted she made the drink and told her son to give it to the other boy, who she says had been harassing her child, per the affidavit.

Rossi, a nurse, noted she "only did it to stop the bullies," after she says her son's energy drink had been stolen from him the previous day, the affidavit notes. She was charged with injury to a child causing bodily injury and booked into the Bexar County Jail. Meanwhile, the hospitalized student is said to require "additional medical monitoring" before being discharged. (More Texas stories.)

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