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Wausau boy, 12, taken to juvenile shelter after allegedly drinking half-bottle of vodka

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A 12-year-old Wausau boy was taken to a juvenile shelter, after police said he drank a half-bottle of vodka during the weekend.

A neighbor called 911 after seeing the boy "staggering around."

The boy's 44-year-old mother faces possible child neglect charges. Police quoted her as saying she let him drink at special occasions in the past -- but she didn't know he was drinking vodka this past weekend and she's not certain how he obtained it.

Wausau police lieutenant Mark Pankow tells reporters the youngster was extremely intoxicated, even for an adult. He said he never saw anyone as young as 12 so severely drunk.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)