AVON LAKE, Ohio (PIX11) –– Parents of a 9-year-old boy said they were horrified after their son was given — and drank — alcohol at a chain restaurant.
The boy’s mother took him to a Cheesecake Factory in Crocker Park, Ohio, last week to celebrate his fourth-grade graduation, his father — who wished to remain anonymous — told PIX11 News sister station FOX 8.
The boy’s mother ordered her son a non-alcoholic pina colada.
“Halfway through the meal, (my son) started feeling sick,” the father told FOX 8, “started to complain about his head and his tummy, (wanting) to throw up and so forth. So (his mom said) let me take me a look at this drink. She started to take a look and when she smelled it, it had a smell of rum all over it.”
Emergency crews were already there by the time the father made it to the restaurant.
“He could not stand so I had to carry him to the car. Got to the car and took off for the ER,” the father said. “And he’s telling me, ‘Daddy why is the room turning? Can you do something about it?’ All I can do is hold him and I feel very helpless.”
The father said his son spent the night in the emergency room while he received fluids and medication.
A spokeswoman for the Cheesecake Factory said they are looking into the matter, saying it was not their intention to spike the child’s drink.
“It is always our intention to serve our food and drinks accurately and are deeply sorry for this unfortunate mix up,” Alethea Rowe told FOX 8 in a statement. “We are conducting an investigation to assess exactly what happened and to ensure that it does not occur again. We are thankful to hear that our guests’ son is doing okay and has returned to school.”
Police responded to the restaurant, but no charges have been filed against because of the lack of criminal intent.