'Drunk' child in Hamilton park prompts police move
Police are investigating what they are calling an appalling incident of a young boy getting drunk in Hamilton.
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Footage appeared online yesterday showing a young man confronting a group of children at the Fairfield Skate Park.
The man asks a boy how old he is and what he has been drinking.
The boy, stumbling, says he is nine and has had 18 Cody's - a pre-mixed bourbon drink - through the day.
Speaking to media this afternoon, Inspector Greg Nicholls said when officers visited the boy last night he was "grossly intoxicated".
"The young boy was very ill last night; so much so that calling an ambulance was considered."
The boy's mother had been in contact with police today and was said to be "extremely distraught".
Police were still investigating who was responsible for supplying the liquor, Nicholls said. A brother and aunt mentioned in the video were not related to the boy.
In the video, the boy struggles to stand up while his friends laugh in the background.
The man goes on to question who supplied the alcohol and who his caregiver is.
The boy says ''I've got drunk before'' and he was given alcohol by his aunt. A girl he is with says ''he's allowed'' to drink alcohol.
Bradley Goudie, a professional scooter rider, said he filmed the incident on Tuesday afternoon.
''I was quite concerned because obviously I know that alcohol can be quite damaging to such young children,'' he said.
''I just wanted to figure out who was responsible for it and expose that issue, I guess.''
He said the boy's balance was ''way off'' and he looked sick.
Nicholls said while he appreciated the actions of Goudie, he felt that posting the video had further victimised a vulnerable young boy. But police were unlikely to take any action against him.
"Early investigations suggest there is no culpability on his part. Morally, I plead with him to do the right thing and take it down."
The clip has provoked outrage, with commenters demanding action from authorities and calling the video to attention of media outlets.