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Mother of 5 Arrested After Caught Licking Tongue Depressor in Viral Challenge

July 12, 2019 - 10:10 am

From licking ice-cream to peeing in the equipment used to make the ice-cream, to now the latest, a girl caught on camera licking a tongue depressor in a doctor's office and putting it back -- tampering with items that should be touched, appears to be the latest social media gimmick.

Cori E. Ward of Jacksonville, Fla., was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury, according to records from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Ward, 30, and the mother of five, said she did the deed as a viral social media "licking challenge." 

“I mean honestly I wasn’t thinking,” Ward said in an interview with CBS47, “I know what it’s like to have to worry about your kids’ health and stuff. I would never put somebody else’s kid at risk.”

Ward claims the video doesn't show that she later threw the depressor in the trash.