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Trafford mom charged after son, 11, had 0.41 BAC from whiskey

Renatta Signorini
| Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 3:09 p.m.
A Trafford woman was jailed this week after police said her 11-year-old son was found staggering along a street while intoxicated on Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
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A Trafford woman was jailed this week after police said her 11-year-old son was found staggering along a street while intoxicated on Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.
Tina Nicole Gongloff
Tina Nicole Gongloff

A Trafford woman remained jail this week after police said her 11-year-old son was found Sunday staggering along a street while intoxicated on cinnamon whiskey, according to a criminal complaint.

The boy’s blood-alcohol content was 0.41 percent, police said.

Tina Nicole Gongloff, 31, was charged Monday with child endangerment and reckless endangerment.

Authorities were called to Fifth Street at 5 p.m. Sunday and saw the boy yelling at passing traffic before running into his home. A witness told police the boy drank nine small bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky that were in the refrigerator, according to an affidavit.

Gongloff’s 13-year-old daughter had a pack of cigarettes in her bra, police said.

Patrolman Eric Colamarino reported that the home was filthy with a “large number” of flies and bugs in the kitchen and living room, which was covered with cigarette butts. Inside the refrigerator were only moldy, dried noodles, he said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to AHN Forbes Hospital in Monroe­ville for treatment, police said.

Gongloff told police later that day that she “told the children to stay with their friends and behave” when she left the home because she needed cigarettes, according to court papers. She told police she applied for a few jobs while she was out.

She was being held on $75,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 16.

Alcohol poisoning becomes possible after a blood-alcohol content of 0.25 percent, with the onset of coma and potential death from respiratory arrest at levels above 0.4 percent, according to information reported by the University of Notre Dame’s McDonald Center for Student Well-Being .

Blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, is the amount of ethanol in 100 milliliters of blood, the center reports. BAC also can be measured by breath or urine tests.

Variables that impact BAC include physiology, individual tolerance, sex, body weight and percentage of body fat.

Correction: Oct. 11, 2018

This story was modified to reflect the correct title for the arresting officer.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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