Cesar Ruiz, Father, Accused Of Pouring Rum Into Baby Son's Feeding Tube

10/30/2012 04:05 pm ET

A father is in jail after authorities said he dumped rum into his sickly 2-month-old baby's feeding tube.

Cesar Ruiz, 19, was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly admitted the crime to sheriff's deputies in Belle Chasse, La. Ruiz reportedly told authorities he did it to ease his son's suffering, not to kill him, according to WAFB.

Ruiz's child was originally admitted to the hospital with breathing problems on Oct. 16. On Sunday morning, the baby started having seizures. Hospital staff discovered the child's blood alcohol level was .289, more than three times the legal limit for driving a car in Louisiana.

WDSU reports that the baby's mother, Erika Wigstrom, told deputies she and Ruiz, left the hospital on Saturday and went home to shower.

When she first got home, Wigstrom said she noticed her bottle of Bacardi Silver rum was in the freezer, but when she checked again a short time later, it was missing.

At first, Ruiz denied the accusations when confronted by deputies, but he then allegedly admitted he took an empty feeding tube from his son's hospital room, took it home, poured rum into the tube and brought it back to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said the baby is in stable condition, according to WWLTV.

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