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Mom accused of letting toddler sip margarita avoids trial, gets parenting classes, probation

Sheldy Nelson, 42

SALEM, Mass(AP). _ A woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and pouring some of it into the girl’s sippy cup has avoided trial and possible deportation.

Sheldy Nelson, 42, was originally scheduled to go to trial Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and providing alcohol to a minor.

The Salem News (http://bit.ly/1fLM6ya ) reports that a judge last week agreed to continue the charges without a finding for 11 months. They will be dismissed if Nelson takes a parenting class, passes random alcohol tests and complies with orders from child welfare officials.

Her attorney has said Nelson, who is from Haiti, didn’t realize margaritas contained alcohol. A waitress told police last August that Nelson ignored two warnings from restaurant staff to stop giving her daughter sips of her margarita.


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